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 October 19, 2012

Any Questions? #60

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try some sleight of hand with a show about magic.

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Elections
3:32 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Gipson finds Cuomo's Saland endorsement "incredibly disturbing"

Terry Gipson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cross-party endorsement of Republican Senator Stephen Saland could be a blow to Rhinebeck Village Board of Trustees member Terry Gipson, the Democrat in the three-way race for the 41st district seat. Cuomo says he’s endorsing Saland to honor his courage in breaking with his party to vote for same-sex marriage last year. Gipson spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Elections
7:27 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Governor Cuomo Endorses Saland for Support of Gay Marriage

Governor Andrew Cuomo shakes hands following an event at the New York State Police Troop K Headquarters in Dutchess County, New York. Standing to the Governor's right is State Senator Steve Saland.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is endorsing Republican Sen. Stephen Saland, who cast the historic 32nd vote needed a year ago to legalize gay marriage in New York.

The popular governor has long said he would support the Republican senators who voted for legalization. Although most of the Senate's Republican majority opposed it, Saland and three others voted for the measure, risking their careers in what they said were personal votes of conscience.

In September, Saland won a narrow victory in the first Republican primary of his career in the Poughkeepsie-area district.

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Elections
7:23 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Senator Gillibrand and Challenger Long Debate in Saratoga Springs

Wendy Long is challenging Sen. Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and challenger Wendy Long traded barbs over taxes, abortion and the economy in a sometimes contentious debate.

The two Senate candidates faced off at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday evening.

Democrat Gillibrand is a heavy favorite in her bid to be re-elected to the seat she was appointed to in 2009 after Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state. Gillibrand won the election to finish the last two years of Clinton's term in 2010.

Republican Long is a New York City attorney making her first run for elected office.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Randy Bachman, from radio fanatic to radio staple

Randy Bachman

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with rock legend Randy Bachman, who has both shaped the sound of popular music over the past 50 years and served as one of its leading fans and curators, a living torchbearer for a many eras of rock and roll.

A guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer who penned countless hits for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, Bachman has been the host of Vinyl Tap on satellite radio since 2005, where you can hear his stories of a lifetime in music and the songs he treasures.

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New England News
7:10 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Patrick to Attend 2nd Debate

Governor Deval Patrick is heading out of town again, this time to attend the second presidentialdebate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Patrick told reporters Monday that during the first debate Obama was great on substance but Romney was better on style.

Patrick said he thinks the fellow Democrat will be "pumped" during Tuesday's town hall style debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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WAMC News
7:07 am
Mon October 15, 2012

9/11 Victims' Families to Watch Hearings in Cuba

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A military installation in Brooklyn is welcoming families of 9/11 victims this week — to watch pretrial hearings in Cuba for five men charged in the terrorist attacks.

The sessions in Guantanamo Bay are closed to the public. But relatives who register can see them on closed-circuit television at Fort Hamilton, a U.S. Army base. Another space there is reserved for first responders.

The military commission hearings will also be shown at forts in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland.

The suspects include the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Any Questions? #59

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to the great white way.

Last week's challenge

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Any Questions? #58

Touchstone Pictures

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel embark on a trivial pursuit of happiness with a Before and After show.

Last week's challenge
Think of two five-letter synonyms for “stupid person.” One starts with D, and the other starts with I. Drop one letter, and you can rearrange the remaining nine letters to spell a process that a stupid person probably isn't very good at. What are the synonyms and what is the process?

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Arts & Culture
6:26 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Any Questions #57

It's Stupid Question day at AQ Elementary

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel finally cut to the heart of their show: this week's quiz is all about stupid questions.

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