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 bill, approved on a 139-14 vote, would eliminate the opportunity for parole for felons convicted three separate times for violent crimes, ranging from murder, to child rape, to certain types of assault. 

The so-called "three-strikes provision" was championed by the family of a woman who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 1999 by a man who had 27 prior convictions. 

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with rock writer Glen Boyd, author of Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A county Republican Party committee chairman apologized Tuesday for a statement he reposted to a party Facebook page that was widely interpreted as a racist attack on President Barack Obama.

Rob Towle, the Rutland County committee chairman, called the statement ‘‘stupid and insensitive.’’ On Monday, he apologized to Democrats he said were offended by the post. A day later, he was directing his apology to everyone.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with New York Post columnist Kevin Kernan, author of Girardi: Passion in Pinstripes.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Ballard, author of One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach, And A Magical Baseball Season.

Any Questions? #46

Jul 13, 2012

Call it a Black Sabbath: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have their darkest show yet.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name SAINT PAUL. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the name of a famous ship. What is it?
Answer: If you change the P to an I, you can spell LUSITANIA.

Morning weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

Jul 13, 2012

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his weekend forecast.

New York Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters are taking part in a training exercise with local fire departments in Oneida County. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

The helicopters will be landing in the Eaton Road area of Marcy, 80 miles northwest of Albany, Thursday afternoon. It's part of a training exercise with the Army Reserve's 401st Civil Affairs Battalion and the Maynard and Stittville Volunteer Fire Departments.

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his morning weather forecast for the WAMC listening area and beyond.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with controversial rocker Ted Nugent, whose Great White Buffalo Tour is slated to visit Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park tonight and The Chance in Poughkeepsie on July 31.

Teenage activists from Lowell are lobbying Massachusetts lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow for 17-year-olds to vote in the city's future municipal elections. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

Lowell high school students and recent graduates campaigning in favor of the "Vote 17" proposal spoke to state lawmakers and Governor Deval Patrick Tuesday at the Statehouse.

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.

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