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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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Any Questions #133

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel slice up a Pi Day quiz.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Any Questions #132

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get up on the soapbox for a show about speeches.

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The Roundtable
11:57 am
Mon March 3, 2014

MacDougal Mayor Dave Van Ronk: Inspiration For Llewyn Davis

When the Coen Brothers first started working on their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, about the folk scene in mid-20th Century Greenwich Village, they started with a singular image: Songwriter Dave Van Ronk being punched out in the street.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Any Questions #131

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on a familiar railroad.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Any Questions #130

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are speaking in a variety of tongues this week.

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The Roundtable
11:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Mike Doughty, Making Peace With Legacy, Visits Region

Mike Doughty
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Musician Mike Doughty has made a popular career out of painful self-disclosure and a biting wit, in his songs and open-ended (and big-hearted) discussions from the stage.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Any Questions #129

WAMC's Ian Pickus and Mike Nothnagel switch seats for Valentine's Day.

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New York News
3:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Jeter: 2014 Season Is My Last

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The Yankees will need a new captain: shortstop Derek Jeter, who played in the minor leagues in Albany, has announced the upcoming season will be his last. He turns 40 this season. The 13-time All-Star has won five World Series with the Bronx Bombers.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

American Idiot's Dan Tracy Brings Angst To Albany

A tale of youth disaffection amid domestic challenges and international strife in the Bush years, Green Day’s American Idiot transformed from one of the biggest rock albums of the mid-aughts to a Broadway behemoth directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer.

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The Roundtable
11:36 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Seth Davis Of CBS, SI On John Wooden, NCAA Tournament

Seth Davis
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When you start talking about the greatest coaches in basketball history, the conversation starts and ends with one name: John Wooden, who led UCLA to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, had a lifetime winning percentage of .804, and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield as both a coach and player.

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