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
10:35 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Zeppelin frenzy returns, producer predicts new tour

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Grammy-winning producer Denny Somach about his new book, Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World, which arrives on shelves just as the band releases its 2007 one-off reunion concert.

Part of the lasting intrigue of Led Zeppelin is the band’s now-mythic backstory. Formed from the ashes of the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin was an intensely focused and visionary group that became the defining band of the 70s, buoyed by its creative independence and the mastery of its leader and guitarist, Jimmy Page.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Any Questions? #64

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats on this week’s Any Questions, which focuses on UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Presidential homes, from Hope to Hawaii, Monticello to Montpelier

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Hugh Howard, whose new book is Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Estates.

From Monteplier to Monticello, Sagamore Hill to Simi Valley, presidential homes and museums offer an often fascinating insight into the private lives of the public men and women whose turns as the nation’s First Family immortalized them in our nation’s history.

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The Roundtable
9:45 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Guitar World editor brings mysterious Jimmy Page into focus

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Guitar World editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski, whose new book is Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page.

Dating from their earliest reviews, which were often harsh and misinformed, the members of the legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have always had a complicated relationship with the press.

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WAMC News
7:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Morning weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers his WAMC regional weather forecast.

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Hudson Valley News
7:41 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Kingston receives national "Great Street" honor

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo accepted a plaque over the weekend from the American Planning Association, designating Uptown Wall Street as one of the nation's Ten Great Streets for 2012. New York City’s Fifth Avenue and Saratoga Springs’ Broadway also won the honor. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

“Kingston is steeped in history,” explained James Rousse, president of the APA's New York Metro Chapter. “Wall Street isn't just a nice place to be, it's America.”

Mayor Shayne Gallo was thrilled with the city’s designation.

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New York News
7:21 am
Mon November 12, 2012

On eve of Obama visit, Cuomo to request 30 billion in Sandy aid

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will request 30 billion dollars in disaster aid from the federal government as New York City and other areas of the state continue to dig out from Hurricane Sandy. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more.

The New York Times reports that the administration has targeted several areas of need, including bridges, tunnels and train lines, homes and apartments, affected businesses and overtime costs for emergency personnel provided by local governments.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Any Questions? #63

Vice President Alben Barkley

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the end of campaign season with a show about vice presidents.

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New England News
7:45 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Layoffs at meningitis-linked firm

A Massachusetts company with the same founders as a pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak says it's laying off nearly all its employees amid its prolonged closure for inspection. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more..

Ameridose employees were notified of the layoffs Thursday.

A company spokesman says the notice affects 650 employees at Ameridose and 140 employees at its marketing and support arm. He says a small number will be retained amid an ongoing product recall. Ameridose LLC says it hopes the layoffs will be temporary.

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Elections
12:23 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Hays sees Obama organization as key

Brad Hays, Professor of Political Science at Union College, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the president’s successful strategy in his re-election campaign and the outlook over the next four years.

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