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.

Ways to Connect

Morning sports update

Jul 9, 2012

WITH WAMC SPORTS NEWS, I’M IAN PICKUS.

FOR THE RECORD-TYING SEVENTH TIME, ROGER FEDERER IS WIMBLEDON CHAMPION. THE THIRD-SEED BEAT BRITTON ANDY MURRAY 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 IN SUNDAY’S FINAL, DENYING MURRAY THE CHANCE TO BECOME THE FIRST HOMEGROWN MEN’S CHAMP SINCE 1936. FEDERER IMPROVES TO 17-7 IN GRAND SLAM FINALS, INCLUDING A 7-1 MARK AT THE ALL-ENGLAND CLUB. MURRAY HAS LOST ALL FOUR MAJOR FINALS HE HAS REACHED.

Any Questions? #45

Jul 6, 2012
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel venture to the land of 10,000 trivia questions with a quiz about Minnesota.

Last week's challenge
Think of a 1960s number-one hit song whose title starts with the word LOVE. Rearrange the letters in the other two words in the title to spell something a band might record. What is the song and what is the thing?
Answer: The song is “LOVE ME DO,” and the thing is a DEMO.

WAMC's Ian Pickus sits down with Troy, New York-based photographer and visual artist George Gruel, former road manager for acclaimed musician Warren Zevon and the author of Lawyers, Guns and Photos: Photographs and Tales of My Adventures with Warren Zevon.

WNYT's Paul Caiano offers his weekend forecast.

Any Questions? #44

Jun 29, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel offer a serious, sobering look at pop music's famous love songs.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name LIANE HANSEN. Drop one letter, then rearrange the remaining 10 letters to spell two one-word movie titles. What are they? (As a hint, one movie is from the 1950s, and the other is from the 1970s.)
Answer: If you drop an N, you can spell SHANE and ALIEN.

Morning sports update

Jun 29, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus reports on the NBA draft and the rest of the world of sports.

As expected, Kentucky sent six players through the NBA draft in Newark last night, including forward Anthony Davis, who was taken first by New Orleans. Last year’s player of the year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player was followed at number two by fellow Wildcat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Washington took Florida guard Bradley Beal at three, and Syracuse guard Dion Waiters went to Cleveland with the four spot. Kansas’ Thomas Robinson headed to Sacramento with the fifth pick.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Chaz Bono about his highly public and sometimes controversial transition from the only daughter of Sonny and Cher to the man he is today. Bono's memoir Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be, is now out in paperback.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Daily Gazette editor Judy Patrick about another New York Racing Association scandal and where the Hudson River herring have gone.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with former Sports Illustrated executive editor and author Rob Fleder , editor of Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team.

WAMC's Ian Pickus talks about Occupy Albany and its costs with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times-Union.

Any Questions? #43

Jun 22, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome an actual professional to play this week: former Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen, who knows a little something about radio quizzes.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name JAMIE LEE CURTIS. Change one letter to a P, then rearrange the result to spell three beverages. What are they?
Answer: If you change the M to a P, you can spell ALE, JUICE, and SPRITE.

Morning sports update

Jun 22, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus reports on the world of sports, including LeBron James' first championship.

BEFORE HE’D EVER PLAYED A MINUTE IN A MIAMI UNIFORM, LEBRON JAMES WAS COUNTING ALL THE CHAMPIONSHIPS HE’D WIN WITH THE HEAT…6…7…8. LAST NIGHT, HE FINALLY WON THAT ELUSIVE FIRST TITLE. THE HEAT BEAT OKLAHOMA CITY 121-106 TO WIN THE SERIES IN FIVE GAMES…IT’S MIAMI’S SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP IN SIX YEARS. JAMES WAS NAMED FINALS MVP AFTER LEADING THE WAY WITH 26 POINTS, 11 REBOUNDS AND 13 ASSISTS IN THE CLINCHER.

WAMC's Ian Pickus catches up with alt-rock hero Matthew Sweet, who is performing his landmark 1991 album Girlfriend in its entirety at The Egg in Albany, New York on June 22. His most recent album is 2011's Modern Art.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with novelist and playwright Ed Falco -- a SUNY New Paltz alum who now teaches English at Virginia Tech -- about his new Godfather prequel, The Family Corleone.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they have agreed on a sweeping reform of the state's system of caring for the disabled that has been marked for years by abuse and death.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports…

For Cuomo, the deal announced Sunday fulfills a major legislative goal.

Recent governors have been dogged for years by outcry from whistle blowers and a chilling New York Times series was published this year about abuse within the massive bureaucracy caring for 1 million people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the Senate and Assembly say they've reached agreement on legislation making all viewing of child pornography online illegal.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports…

The bill was introduced by Sen. Martin Golden, a retired police officer, after the Court of Appeals upheld a challenge to the state's child pornography law last month.

The legislation passed the Senate on May 15. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, co-sponsor, says the bill is expected to pass the Assembly this week.

Ian Pickus, WAMC News.

Any Questions? #42

Jun 15, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend three minutes wishing they had longer names.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase AIRSTRIP ONE. Rearrange these 11 letters to spell the name of a process you need to do to survive. What is it?

Answer: The process is RESPIRATION.

Times Union

Guest host Ian Pickus is joined Jimmy Vielkind, who covers New York State government for the Albany Times Union and its Capitol Confidential blog. They discuss marijuana laws, prescription drug oversight, the minimum wage battle, and the fall elections.

 

Any Questions? #41

Jun 8, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the publication of a George Orwell classic with another dystopian show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name PAT BOONE. Change one letter to a C, then rearrange the result to spell two things many superheroes wear. What are they?
Answer: The things are a BOOT and a CAPE.

WAMC's Ian Pickus catches up with comedian, author and actor Jim Breuer, a Saturday Night Live alum famed for his role in cult film Half Baked. Breuer brings his Heavy Metal Family Fan tour to Upstate Concert Hall (formerly Northern Lights) in Clifton Park, New York on June 9.

Any Questions? #40

Jun 1, 2012

June 1 is many things, but most importantly, it's the birthday of resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, who takes a break from the confetti cake to play this week's show with WAMC's Ian Pickus.

LAST WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Think of a six-letter word that names a person you'd be happy to see if you were lost in the woods. Add ST to the beginning, and you'll get a new word that names a person you probably wouldn't be happy to see if you were lost in the woods. Who are the people?
Answer: The people are a RANGER and a STRANGER.

Any Questions? #39

May 25, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have finally copped to their holier-than-though attitude with this week's show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase OLD PEOPLE. Using only the letters in those words, but not all of them, you can spell the name shared by 13 people who also shared a job. What is the name and what is the job?
Answer: Following the directions, you can spell LEO, the name of 13 people who were POPE. Bonus fact: Pope XIII was the oldest pope.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck, who held a variety of environmental positions in New York before her appointment to the EPA in 2009.

 

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Massachusetts officials plan to release details of insurance claims connected to tornado destruction in the state's western and central parts last June. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down during the June 1, 2011 storm, killing three people and damaging or destroying about 1,400 houses and 78 businesses.

State officials will join Springfield's mayor at 10 a.m. Tuesday at a damaged home in that city to review how insurance carriers and the state responded to the storm.

Morning sports update

May 22, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus reports on the night's sports action.

THE LAKERS ARE OUT AND THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER IS MOVING ON….THE THUNDER SURGED PAST THE LAKERS 106-90 IN THE PLAYOFFS LAST NIGHT, GETTING 28 POINTS FROM RUSSELL WESTBROOK THE WIN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIS FOUR GAMES TO ONE. KOBE BRYANT HAD 42 POINTS IN THE LOSS…OKLAHOMA CITY ADVANCES TO FACE TOP-SEEDED SAN ANTONIO IN THE CONFERENCE FINALS.

As the Miami Heat flirt with danger in the NBA playoffs, WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Esquire writer-at-large Scott Raab, a Cleveland native whose broken heart and anger became the subjects of his book The Whore of Akron: One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James.

Any Questions? #38

May 18, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about accomplished elders.

Last week's challenge

Take the five-letter name of a famous computer. If you read it backwards, you'll get the last name of a famous actor. What is the computer and who is the actor?

ANSWER: The famous computer is ENIAC, and the actor is Michael CAINE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: OLD AGE AND SUCCESSFUL ELDERS

Opponents of natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing are planning a big day of action in Albany, culminating with a star-studded concert at the Empire State Plaza.  WAMC's Ian Pickus reports...

New Yorkers Against Fracking, a new coalition of organizations calling for a fracking ban, plans a rally and multi-media concert Tuesday afternoon and evening. The event features actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo acting as hosts of the concert at the Egg Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $40 to $150.

Any Questions? #37

May 11, 2012

How meta is this? You've logged on to our website to hear a quiz about famous computers. Also: a wormhole just opened up.

Last week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word for an area often seen adjacent to a racetrack. Change the middle letter to an L, and the result will name something often used to keep an area secure. What is the area and what is the thing?
Answer: The area is a PADDOCK, and the thing is a PADLOCK.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Glenn Frey about his return to solo material, how he chose the standards to cover on his new album After Hours, and the meaning of the 40th anniversary of The Eagles.

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