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 December 14, 2012

Any Questions? #68

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take to the friendly skies with a quiz about airplanes.

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The Roundtable - Book Picks
10:10 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Book Picks - The Open Door Bookstore

Amy Lane from The Open Door Bookstore joins us with this week's list.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Two twentysomethings talk twentysomethings

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Samantha Henig, co-author of Twenty Something: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Any Questions? #67

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to the first state, Delaware.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 7, 2012

John Lennon's final day remembered

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Keith Elliot Greenberg, author of December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died, now out in paperback from Backbeat Books.

Lennon was cut down 32 years ago this week, the victim of a crazed fan who flew to New York from Hawaii and waited for the ex-Beatle outside his home at the Dakota, where Lennon and Yoko Ono were living a mostly quiet life with their young son.

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The Roundtable
11:40 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Finally enshrined, football great Floyd Little at peace

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and Syracuse University special assistant to the athletic director Floyd Little, whose new memoir is Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall.

The word underdog is overused in the context of sports, but when it comes to Little, it’s an apt term. Little was born into poverty, one of six children raised by a single mother in Waterbury, Connecticut who struggled in school and had to keep his burgeoning football talent a secret from his protective and worried mother.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Drugs, drink, sandwiches? The encyclopedia of rock deaths

WAMC's Ian Pickus and guest Jeremy Simmonds examine the always growing list of dead rock stars. A BBC television writer and producer, Simmonds is the author of The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, Ham Sandwiches, now out in its second edition from Chicago Review Press.

The fast-paced life of rock and roll has led to untold numbers of untimely deaths, from the tragic to the tragic-comic. The accidents, suicides, murders and overdoses have inflated the genre with an aura of mystique and melancholy, from the day the music died in 1959 to Amy Winehouse.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Heisman's legacy explored on eve of ceremony

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with legendary football coach John Heisman’s grand nephew, John M. Heisman, the keeper of the family’s flame and the author of a new biography called Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, which is published by Simon and Schuster.

When the Heisman Trophy is awarded December 8 to the nation’s best college football player, the sports world will look back fondly on the past recipients and their stellar careers, and then begin looking forward to the bowl season with anticipation.

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The Roundtable
11:38 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Classic '94 NHL playoff series remembered

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Tim Sullivan, an Associated Press sports editor and author of Battle on the Hudson: the Devils, the Rangers, and the NHL’s Greatest Series Ever, which is published by Triumph.

The early spring of 1994 is considered by many fans to be the pinnacle of winter sports in New York City. The Knicks were on their way to seven-game classic Finals loss to the Rockets, and in hockey, the Rangers were running down a 54-year demon in their quest for a Stanley Cup.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Any Questions? #66

Perhaps paving the way for their own greatest hits release, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel reflect this week on landmark albums.

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