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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The Roundtable
11:24 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Al Kooper, Jimmy Vivino to remember guitar god Mike Bloomfield

Al Kooper with Jimmy Vivino
Credit The Egg

Musicians gathered at The Egg in Albany will celebrate a fallen friend this weekend, turning back the clock to remember one of rock’s most important guitarists, Mike Bloomfield.

Bloomfield was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Electric Flag, and recorded with Bob Dylan starting with “Like a Rolling Stone” before his untimely death in 1981.

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Sports
12:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

UAlbany hopes for repeat of 2007 championship at Vermont

UAlbany men's basketball coach Will Brown
Credit coachwillbrown.com

With the NCAA Tournament just a week away, two regional colleges will face off Saturday morning for the right to advance to the big dance. University at Albany men’s basketball coach Will Brown has been here before.

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Sports
8:14 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Several regional teams near NCAA tourney

Several regional college basketball teams are making runs at the NCAA tournament this week.

Today at noon in Springfield, the Marist College women’s basketball team goes for its eighth straight MAAC championship against Iona, a longtime foe that has never been able to send the Red Foxes packing in March. Top-ranked Marist is in the championship for the 10th straight year and has beaten Iona in the title game in 2007 and ’08.

On the men’s side, the Iona faces Manhattan tonight at 9.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Any Questions? #80

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 famous sisters.

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Sports
12:40 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Giorgis readies Marist for run at eighth straight title

Brian Giorgis leads the Marist women's basketball team
Credit Marist College athletics

With March comes March Madness, and one local team will be gunning for its eighth consecutive trip to the Big Dance when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament gets under way later this week in Springfield, Massachusetts.  WAMC's Ian Pickus has more.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Boston Globe politics editor surveys crowded Senate field

All of a sudden, the field of candidates who want to replace John Kerry as Massachusetts Senator is a crowded one. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Boston Globe political editor Cynthia Needham about the state of race.
 

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Any Questions? #79

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel begin a month of March Madness with this week's program, which focuses on documentaries.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

New C-SPAN series puts limelight on first ladies

Mark Farkas
Credit C-SPAN

The holiday might be called Presidents’ Day, but as historians and contemporary White House watchers well know, First Ladies often play a major role in any administration aside from their ceremonial duties. Some, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton, were outsize political forces in their own rights, while the influence of others, like Edith Wilson, is only revealed years later.

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

Any Questions? #78

There's no echo in the studio. Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? features guests Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth, producers of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me and hosts of the podcast How To Do Everything.

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New York News
7:02 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

The 300-year-old Village of Middleburgh lives on. Judy Patrick, editor of the Daily Gazette, joins us with the latest.

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