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
10:32 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Any Questions? #43

Liane Hansen with Mike Nothnagel

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome an actual professional to play this week: former Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen, who knows a little something about radio quizzes.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name JAMIE LEE CURTIS. Change one letter to a P, then rearrange the result to spell three beverages. What are they?
Answer: If you change the M to a P, you can spell ALE, JUICE, and SPRITE.

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Sports
5:56 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Morning sports update

WAMC's Ian Pickus reports on the world of sports, including LeBron James' first championship.

BEFORE HE’D EVER PLAYED A MINUTE IN A MIAMI UNIFORM, LEBRON JAMES WAS COUNTING ALL THE CHAMPIONSHIPS HE’D WIN WITH THE HEAT…6…7…8. LAST NIGHT, HE FINALLY WON THAT ELUSIVE FIRST TITLE. THE HEAT BEAT OKLAHOMA CITY 121-106 TO WIN THE SERIES IN FIVE GAMES…IT’S MIAMI’S SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP IN SIX YEARS. JAMES WAS NAMED FINALS MVP AFTER LEADING THE WAY WITH 26 POINTS, 11 REBOUNDS AND 13 ASSISTS IN THE CLINCHER.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Matthew Sweet on his once and future Girlfriend

Matthew Sweet

WAMC's Ian Pickus catches up with alt-rock hero Matthew Sweet, who is performing his landmark 1991 album Girlfriend in its entirety at The Egg in Albany, New York on June 22. His most recent album is 2011's Modern Art.

The Roundtable
11:38 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Ed Falco - The Family Corleone

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with novelist and playwright Ed Falco -- a SUNY New Paltz alum who now teaches English at Virginia Tech -- about his new Godfather prequel, The Family Corleone.

New York News
7:42 am
Mon June 18, 2012

NY Agrees to Sweeping Reform of Disabled Care

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they have agreed on a sweeping reform of the state's system of caring for the disabled that has been marked for years by abuse and death.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports…

For Cuomo, the deal announced Sunday fulfills a major legislative goal.

Recent governors have been dogged for years by outcry from whistle blowers and a chilling New York Times series was published this year about abuse within the massive bureaucracy caring for 1 million people.

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New York News
7:37 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree on Online Child Porn Bill

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the Senate and Assembly say they've reached agreement on legislation making all viewing of child pornography online illegal.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports…

The bill was introduced by Sen. Martin Golden, a retired police officer, after the Court of Appeals upheld a challenge to the state's child pornography law last month.

The legislation passed the Senate on May 15. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, co-sponsor, says the bill is expected to pass the Assembly this week.

Ian Pickus, WAMC News.

Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Any Questions? #42

NPH

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend three minutes wishing they had longer names.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase AIRSTRIP ONE. Rearrange these 11 letters to spell the name of a process you need to do to survive. What is it?

Answer: The process is RESPIRATION.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1223

Jimmy Vielkind
Times Union

Guest host Ian Pickus is joined Jimmy Vielkind, who covers New York State government for the Albany Times Union and its Capitol Confidential blog. They discuss marijuana laws, prescription drug oversight, the minimum wage battle, and the fall elections.

 

Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Any Questions? #41

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the publication of a George Orwell classic with another dystopian show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name PAT BOONE. Change one letter to a C, then rearrange the result to spell two things many superheroes wear. What are they?
Answer: The things are a BOOT and a CAPE.

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The Roundtable
9:31 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Jim Breuer: Why being a dad is heavy metal

WAMC's Ian Pickus catches up with comedian, author and actor Jim Breuer, a Saturday Night Live alum famed for his role in cult film Half Baked. Breuer brings his Heavy Metal Family Fan tour to Upstate Concert Hall (formerly Northern Lights) in Clifton Park, New York on June 9.

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