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
11:40 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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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Dylan Jones, British GQ editor, turns pen on pop music

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Dylan Jones, the British GQ editor and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music: From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop.

Jones doesn’t pull punches in his thoughtful, often hilarious and sometimes biting new book, an 800-something-page survey of all things pop that he finds worthwhile – and many he doesn’t.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Hendrix, who would have been 70, in his own words

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with leading Jimi Hendrix scholar Steven Roby, who has uncovered and collected several forgotten or lost interviews the riotous guitarist gave during his too-short heyday in his new book, Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix, published by Chicago Review Press.

Several themes that defined Hendrix’s life emerge in its pages: isolation, his tough childhood, an always shifting biographical timeline, diffidence, and often a good sense of humor.

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Arts & Culture
9:49 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Any Questions? #65

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel embark on a show about Doctor "Who."

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WAMC News
6:19 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Morning sports update

WAMC's Ian Pickus delivers his morning sportscast.

It was a Thanksgiving night of embarrassment for the New York Jets….they gave up three touchdowns in just 52 seconds and were blown off the field in the turkey nightcap last night, 49-19 at the hands of New England. Tom Brady;s 83-yard pass to Shane Vereen made it 14-0 early, and New England never looked back…the win made Bull Belichick just the eighth NFL coach with 200 career wins.

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The Roundtable
10:17 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ten-Gallon War: Football's Dallas divide

One tradition that continues tomorrow is the Dallas Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. But America’s Team didn’t always have Dallas’ undivided loyalties. WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with John Eisenberg, author of Ten-Gallon War: The NFL’s Cowboys, The AFL’s Texans, and the Feud for Dallas’ Pro Football Future

The football-mad state of Texas didn’t always look the way it does now, with the Dallas Cowboys, America’s team, playing in a super-stadium and the Houston Texans a legitimate force of their own.

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