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
11:50 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Brixton Key - Charlie Six

Brixton Key

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with former Melody Maker journalist Brixton Key, who went on to manage Chris Isaak and survive two brain aneurysms before penning his debut novel, Charlie Six.

Arts & Culture
11:19 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Any Questions? #33

It's a trap!

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel roll the dice and pass go en route to a show about board games.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SEDER PLATE. Rearrange these ten letters to spell two things you can do to a bicycle. What are they?
Answer: You can PEDAL and STEER a bicycle.

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The Roundtable
10:20 am
Fri April 13, 2012

100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic - Daniel Allen Butler

Daniel Allen Butler

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with maritime historian Daniel Allen Butler, a Titanic expert whose seminal recounting of the doomed voyage, Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic, is now out in a new edition.

Music: Salut d'Amour - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

The Roundtable
5:11 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret

Kent Hartman is a music industry entrepreneur who has worked with dozens of well-known artists, including Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Hall & Oates, Counting Crows, and Lyle Lovett. We speak with him about his book, The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret.

The Roundtable
11:57 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Jeff Berman - Death Education in the Writing Classroom

Jeff Berman

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Berman, a distinguished teaching professor of English at the University at Albany and the author of Death Education in the Writing Classroom.

 

 

New York News
8:07 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Majority Leader Canestrari to leave New York Assembly

Majority Leader Canestrari

Another powerful Capital Region lawmaker is stepping down. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more…

Citing sources, the Times-Union reports that New York State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari will announce today that he is not seeking reelection.

The 68-year-old Democrat has planned a press conference for 11 a.m. The former Cohoes mayor joined the Assembly in 1989 and rose to Majority Leader five years ago, becoming the highest-ranking upstate legislator.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Any Questions? #32

Why is this episode different from all other episodes?

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel slave through a pyramid of questions to celebrate Passover.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase QUESTION JAR. Rearrange these eleven letters to spell a word that follows the word "hip" in a familiar two-word phrase, and another word that means, in a way, the opposite of "hip." What are the words?
Answer: The words are JOINT and SQUARE.

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The Roundtable
11:44 am
Fri April 6, 2012

The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two

We welcome Piers Paul Read (Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors) to the show and speak with him about The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two.

The Roundtable
2:31 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf

We speaks with James Dodson about his book American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf.

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