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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Any Questions #243

Apr 22, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel hold a "spelling" bee.

The U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement this week that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill brought a sigh of relief on one central New York campus.

Any Questions #242

Apr 15, 2016
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate No. 42 with a show about Jackie Robinson.

Sarah McGowan
Sarah McGowan

We’re going to introduce you to someone new: musician Sarah McGowan, whose debut album For Whom They Sing is out now. The 10 songs on this album span earnest folk, cheeky anthems and indie pop, to name a few. McGowan will perform at Parish Public House in Albany on April 16.

The Strand
The Strand

From time to time on The Roundtable we speak with Andrew Gulli, manager editor of The Strand magazine. Although it publishes mainly new detective fiction, Gulli has built a reputation for making the magazine a Noah’s Ark of sorts for the titans of American literature. Gulli has a knack for discovering unpublished works by authors like Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Heller and others. Now, a short story by James Thurber is seeing the light of the day.

Any Questions #241

Apr 8, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to take care of business.

Any Questions #240

Apr 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all "four" one on this week's show.

Any Questions #239

Mar 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a good Friday on Good Friday.

Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, is welcoming today's election of Dr. Betty Rosa to head the Board of Regents. Kremer spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus after  the Board of Regents chose Rosa as chancellor. Rosa, a former superintendent from the Bronx, replaces Merryl Tisch, who's stepping down from the board after 20 years, the last seven as its leader. The board elected T. Andrew Brown as vice chancellor.

Any Questions #238

Mar 18, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the Wells.

Any Questions #237

Mar 11, 2016
Haight Ashbury
Haight Ashbury

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a Friday stroll.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SOUTH POLE. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that names things explorers might look through. What are they?
Answer: Change the U to and R and you can spell PORTHOLES.

Any Questions #236

Mar 4, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to stay perfect this week.

Any Questions #235

Feb 26, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head into the wilderness for this week's show.

Any Questions #234

Feb 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to eclipse themselves.

Any Questions #233

Feb 12, 2016

 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make that hotline bling.

On Wednesday, College of St. Rose faculty voted "no confidence" in President Carolyn Stefanco. The vote at the Albany college was 120-35 with three abstentions according to political science professor Angela Ledford, who is leader of the Faculty Association of St. Rose, FASTR, and Vice President of American Association of University Professors. Ledford spoke with WAMC just after the vote.

Any Questions #232

Feb 5, 2016

Is your spider-sense tingling? It's time again for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

WAMC's Midday Magazine broadcast from May 20, 2015.

Any Questions #231

Jan 29, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are two of a kind, but their show this week comes in threes.

Paul Kantner
Craig O'Neal, Wikicommons

We're only a month in and already 2016 has been a terrible year when it comes to the titans of rock. We've lost David Bowie, Glenn Frey, and now Paul Kantner, a founding a member of the San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, who died this week at age 74.

Any Questions #230

Jan 22, 2016
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides for a quiz that'll make you think about "Summertime."

The X-Files is coming back Sunday.
FOX

One of America’s most beloved TV series is coming back for the first time since its original nine-season run came to a close in 2002. The X-Files is back for a six-episode miniseries starting Sunday night, returning David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully to the world of the paranormal and conspiracy. The last time they played the characters in any form was in a 2008 movie.

Remembering Glenn Frey

Jan 19, 2016
Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Glenn Frey died Monday at the age of 67, leaving behind a renowned musical legacy in multiple genres. A co-founder of the Eagles, who sold millions of records behind hits like “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California” just to name a few, Frey began the group in L.A. in the early 70s after touring with Linda Ronstadt.

Any Questions #229

Jan 15, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stick to the rules this week.

Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is reacting to the final State of the Union address by his fellow Democrat President Barack Obama last night. Sen. Murphy says he was pleased with the president's comments on foreign policy and electoral reform, but says unfortunately, the president's regrets over  partisanship in Washington are well-founded.

Actor Tate Donovan played a key role as Bob Anders, one of the Americans caught up in the Iran hostage crisis in 2012’s Best Picture Argo. Now, Donovan has returned to the subject matter, directing the new NFL Network documentary American’s Game and the Iran Hostage Crisis. From Smokehouse Productions, the film tells the story of how bits and pieces of football news helped the American hostages stay connected to their home and families during their more than year-long captivity.

Any Questions #228

Jan 11, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn it down to zero.

Any Questions #227

Jan 1, 2016

 

For WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, it must have been the roses.

Chris Cornell

One of rock’s greatest singers, Chris Cornell scaled the music world decades ago with Soundgarden, selling millions of records, packing arenas and helping to define the sound of a generation.

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning
Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning

The mayor of Watervliet will be sworn in Wednesday for a third term.

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