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
6:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Any Questions? #98

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with another dog days quiz.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Brian Anthony Wilson Of "The Wire" In Dorset For "The Whipping Man"

Brian Anthony Wilson

Actor Brian Anthony Wilson is probably best known for his role as the cynical but ultimately honest detective Vernon Holley on the celebrated HBO drama The Wire, which spent five seasons examining drugs, poverty, race and politics in inner-city Baltimore. Wilson’s Holley was sometimes bitter, and like many of his colleagues in the precinct, Holley didn’t always have an answer for the endemic violence and depravity in the streets — or the high-stakes office politics.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Any Questions? #97

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate summer with the first in a series of dog days shows.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Jackson Browne Marks Independence Day At Tanglewood 40 Years After First Visit

Jackson Browne

It’s fitting that Tanglewood’s annual Fourth of July concert features Jackson Browne this year, because few artists have had such a big influence on the sound of American popular music over the past 50 years.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Any Questions? #96

Trey Graham
Credit Robert Dodge

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome special guest Trey Graham, an editor for NPR's Digital Media, to play this week's show.

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Hudson Valley News
12:50 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Viral Star Of "Prancercise" Video Has Hudson Valley Ties

One of the internet’s latest viral stars has ties to our region.

Like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and countless “Harlem Shake” takeoffs before it, Joanna Rohrback’s “Prancercise: A Fitness Workout” caught fire in a hurry last month, leading its Florida-based proprietor from virtual anonymity to millions of views and even the Today Show.

"The hits on my video were going up without any apparent reason," she says. "I wasn't sure if it was a computer error or what."

But what is prancercise? What isn’t it?

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Any Questions? #95

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on television parents.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Foreigner's Lou Gramm Recalls Complicated Life As "Juke Box Hero"

Born into a working class family in Rochester, Louis Grammatico was just the right age to have his entire worldview warped by Elvis and The Beatles, and before long, he found himself drawn to rock music, first as a drummer, then as a vocalist.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Any Questions? #94

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on banned books.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Any Questions? #93

Guest player Doug Peterson

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome loyal listener Doug Peterson all the way from California to play.

Last week's challenge:

Start with the last name of an actor in All The President’s Men. If you add three letters, you can rearrange to name a key figure in the Watergate affair. Who are these people?

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