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

Once a computer programmer from Utah, Ken Jennings gained international renown about a decade ago when he dominated Jeopardy for 74 straight games, earning more than $2.5 million and putting himself in the pantheon of Jeopardy greats for all time.

Any Questions #128

Feb 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel deal in units of time this week.

Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner has died at age 91.



Former Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, who lost her Hudson Valley seat to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in 2012, has ended months of speculation and announced she try to win back the seat this fall.

Any Questions #127

Jan 31, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have fun at the movies this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase RED DELICIOUS. Change one letter to a P and you can spell a four-letter word that can precede APPLE, and two words that can follow APPLE (three letters in one word, five letters in the other), to make common two-word phrases. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the L to a P, you can spell SOUR, CIDER and PIE.

Considered one of the greatest harmony singers in rock history, David Crosby is back in the limelight as a solo artist this winter with the release of his first studio album in two decades, Croz, out now from Blue Castle Records, the label he founded with longtime collaborator Graham Nash.

David Moxley

When the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium —  the home of the New York Giants and Jets that opened in 2010 — for the first time Sunday, there will be an upstate New York presence on the field. But it’s not in the form of a quarterback, coach or referee.

Any Questions #126

Jan 24, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel consider apples on this week's quiz.

NYS Archives

The New York State Museum in Albany is celebrating an important find on this Martin Luther King Day — a recording of a 1962 speech by the civil rights leader that hadn’t been heard since it was delivered in New York City. The museum received a reel-to-reel tape of the speech celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the late 1970’s, but didn’t hear it until this past November. Museum director Mark Schaming says it’s a landmark moment for the museum.