Ian Pickus

News Director

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian has been with WAMC as a producer since late 2008. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard filling in as Morning Edition and Weekend Edition anchor and on The Roundtable, various newscasts, and Any Questions?. An avid fan of sports and music, Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany. He became news director in March 2013.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, baby.

Dylan Ratigan
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Former MSNBC host, author and businessman Dylan Ratigan tells WAMC News this afternoon he is "seriously considering" a run for Congress in northern New York’s 21st House district. The 45-year-old Saranac Lake native says the decision is not final, because he is waiting to engage with district commissioners, talk with family, and make sure things are set with his business, Helical Holdings. If he runs, Ratigan would join a crowded Democratic primary field hoping to unseat two-term Republican Elise Stefanik, who also faces a potential Republican primary.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a post-Fund Drive quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap spots for the final quiz before the February Fund Drive.

The Strand
The Strand

It’s probably hard to overstate the influence author Raymond Chandler had on all of the detective fiction to follow, and that extends to The Strand magazine, which has printed “It’s All Right—He Only Died,” a previously unpublished Chandler short story in its latest issue. The sketch is an indictment of the American health care system and its emphasis on money. It was written in the 1950s. Joining us to discuss this discovery, as he does from time to time, is Andrew Gulli, the editor and publisher of The Strand.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about "rocky' things.

Judy Patrick
Daily Gazette

After a 35-year tenure at The Daily Gazette, editor and senior vice president Judy Patrick plans to leave the newspaper as soon as March. Patrick, often heard as a guest on WAMC, made the announcement Friday afternoon. She has been managing editor since 2008. She spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus just after the announcement came out.

The Wood Brothers
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With a new album, “One Drop Of Truth,” due out three days later, The Wood Brothers will be coming to our region January 30 for a concert at The Egg in Albany, part of a national tour. The flurry of activity comes on the heels of the group’s recent release “Live At The Barn,” recorded just down the road from here at Levon Helm’s venue in 2016.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with show all about "V.W."

Mark Messier
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a quiz about famous promises.

John Perkel has spent more than three decades as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Perkel has also worked as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian during summers before retiring in 2016. Perkel is now serving as music coordinator for the Berkshire Chamber Players. The group will perform its latest concert at The Stockbridge Library on January 19 at 6 p.m.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off 2018 with a golden quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up another year with the seventh installment of leftover questions.

Jake Elliott kicked a 48-yard field goal with 22 seconds left, and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs with a sloppy 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders last night. The Eagles went to the Super Bowl and lost to New England the last time they had home-field advantage following the 2004 season.

LeBron James will be in action at 3 against Golden State on Christmas.
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The NFC South title is going to go down to the final weekend, but at least the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers now know they are going to the playoffs. The 11-4 Saints will be no worse than a wild-card team after a 23-13 victory over the Falcons Sunday.  Drew Brees threw for 239 yards and joined Peyton Manning and Brett Favre as the only NFL quarterbacks to pass for over 70,000 yards in their career.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are getting into the Christmas spirit with a holiday-inspired show.

SPAC
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The President and CEO of Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center is reacting to a report by the Associated Press that famed conductor Charles Dutoit is accused of several cases of sexual misconduct. The AP reports the 81-year-old Dutoit is being accused by four different women involved in classical music of sexual assault — including an incident in Saratoga Springs when Dutoit was working with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2006. President Elizabeth Sobol, who joined SPAC in 2016, says the organization is “mortified to hear that this behavior happened on the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center where, needless to say, it would not have been tolerated then or now.” Sobol went on to praise the “courage” of victims who have come forward. Dutoit is principal conductor of London’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Last Jedi
The Last Jedi

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars!

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel express their last name envy on this week's show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about the 12th month.

Lizzie O'Leary took this photo in Toa Baja, near San Juan.
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It has been almost three months since Puerto Rico was devastated by Irma and Maria. Power and food have been hard to come by — leading many island residents to stay with family in cities like Springfield as the island slowly recovers. Friday at 9 and Sunday at 7 a.m., we’ll air a special edition of Marketplace Weekend. Host Lizzie O’Leary spent a week in Puerto Rico reporting on the aftermath of the storms.

It's Been A Minute
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If you followed the election last year on these airwaves — and frankly, we're not sure how you could have missed it — Sam Sanders was a tireless voice from the campaign trail. Now, the NPR host and reporter has launched a new hourlong version of his podcast and show, called It’s Been A Minute.

On this Black Friday, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel bid farewell to "Movember."

Testimony
Testimony

Robbie Robertson’s memoir of the frenetic, fruitful early years of his music career, Testimony, is now out in paperback from Three Rivers Press. It covers in stark detail Robertson’s upbringing on a reservation, his time backing Ronnie Hawkins in the Hawks, and the monumental music he made with Bob Dylan and The Band. And for people in our region who have made the requisite pilgrimage to Big Pink in Saugerties, it’s a treat to read about the impact the Catskills had on The Band and vice versa.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about lions.

Bob Turner
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After 18 months of public hearings, testimony and campaigning, charter change advocates in Saratoga Springs are coming to terms with what appears to be a razor-thin defeat. The periodic vote to change the city’s commission-style form of government to one led by an appointed city manager was too close to call on Election Night. After absentee ballots were tallied Tuesday, “no” had a 10-vote lead with 18 military ballots still out. Skidmore College professor Bob Turner chaired the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission.

Baseball's over, but WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about diamonds.

Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin

One of the biggest albums of the 1990s is marking its 20th anniversary with a reissue and a tour. Shawn Colvin, who has released more than 10 studio albums, is celebrating "A Few Small Repairs," the smash hit that garnered Grammy awards for the ubiquitous single “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin is performing the entire album on her current tour with a full band, something of a rarity for her. The tour comes to The Egg in Albany on Friday at 7:30.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about November.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with an annual show tradition.

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