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

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.

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.

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.

Any Questions #226

Dec 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate an annual tradition on the show: clearance.

Jaye McBride
Jaye McBride

Back in August, Albany briefly became one of the comedy capitals of the world for a few days when Aziz Ansari used The Comedy Works as a boot camp before embarking on a national tour. In a matter of days and using two stages in rotation, Ansari performed 13 sold-out sets.

Tony Fletcher
Tony Fletcher

Something in my email caught my eye a couple months ago. Rock writer Tony Fletcher, who lives in the Hudson Valley and has been an occasional guest on this show, was selling off huge chunks of his music collection. Why was the leading authority on Keith Moon and a bunch of other bands hocking a life’s collection of CDs, records, and DVDs?

Any Questions #225

Dec 18, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about football.

The Strand
The Strand

When we last spoke with Andrew Gulli in April, the managing editor of The Strand magazine had just published a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, almost 75 years after his death. Now, Gulli and The Strand have done it again with another titan of American literature.

EPIX presents the Road to the NHL Winter Classic.

One of the best new traditions in sports is coming up again — the NHL Winter Classic, which marries the magic of the pond hockey with some of sports’ grandest stages. This year, Original Six rivals the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are playing on New Year’s Day at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Any Questions #224

Dec 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel rate this week's show NC-17.

WAMC's Midday Magazine broadcast from Dec. 9, 2015.