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
11:11 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Any Questions? #84

Douglas MacArthur

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about military men.

Last week's challenge

Start with the names of two national basketball championship schools: UCLA and DUKE. Change one letter to an M, and rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (three letters in the first word, five words in the second) associated with many college graduates. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the K to an M, you can spell CUM LAUDE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MILITARY MEN

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The Roundtable
10:59 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Freiman to peel back White Album layers in Amherst

Beatles lecturer Scott Freiman
Credit Scott Freiman

The White Album is nearly 45 years old, but interest in one of the Beatles’ most important artistic achievements, and in the group itself, remains rampant. One person who has paid special attention to what might have been the Beatles’ greatest year, 1968, is Scott Freiman, a composer, sound designer and musician in his own right who lectures on the Beatles and their work.

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Sports
12:47 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Just before new season, Yankees renew series with Army

The Yankees line up before their game against Army at West Point on March 30.
Credit Ian Pickus

The New York Yankees are set to open their season against rival Boston today. But before turning their attention to a high-stakes season of adversity, the Bronx Bombers spent Saturday touring the facilities at West Point and holding an exhibition game against the Army cadets. The game rekindled an old tradition for the two storied programs.

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Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Any Questions? #83

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up their run of March Madness shows with a quiz inspired by the NCAA tourney.

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Politics
12:10 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Despite early expectations, New York budget includes tax increase extensions

The new New York state budget that lawmakers are enacting this week contains a tax package that includes both tax breaks and tax increases. The spending plan comes just two months after Governor Andrew Cuomo  said there would not be any new taxes in the budget.

On January 22, when Governor Cuomo introduced his budget plan, he said his proposal did not include any new taxes.

“No new taxes in the budget again,” Cuomo said. “That is what is working for us, it has signaled a new day in New  York.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Boston Globe's Matt Viser on possible RNC push to end Iowa caucus

Matt Viser

Could the 2016 primary calendar finally put an end to the often laborious Iowa Caucus process? WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser to try to find out.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Any Questions? #82

John Philip Sousa

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on John Philip Sousa.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Paul Kantner brings Jefferson Starship to Schenectady

Jefferson Starship, with founder Paul Kantner
Credit Jefferson Starship

One of the giants of rock and roll history, Paul Kantner is celebrating his 72nd birthday the same way he has spent much of his life: on stage, performing the music of the group he helped found, Jefferson Airplane, and its successor, Jefferson Starship. So what if was longtime collaborator — collaborator underlined — Grace Slick who contended that rockers should have mandatory retirements after 50?

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The Roundtable
11:11 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Donna McKechnie remembers "Same Place: Another Time" at Club Helsinki

Donna McKechnie

Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York could hardly have found a better torchbearer for its Helsinki on Broadway series, which continues this Sunday, March 24 with a legend of the stage, Donna McKechnie and her new cabaret show, “Same Place: Another Time.”

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Sports
10:18 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Several regional teams go for NCAA tourney bids today

With March Madness set to begin this week, several colleges in the region have their sights on the NCAA tournament.

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