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
11:35 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

As we near another season, the sport’s all-time hits leader remains banned from baseball and its Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It’s a stark problem in America’s pastime: some of its greatest players, including its home run champion Barry Bonds and other bashers from the steroid era, have an uneasy relationship with the sport and a worse one with fans, media and the record book.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Any Questions #135

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about geographic entities that have changed names.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Any Questions #134

Earplugs in! WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous concerts this week.

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The Roundtable
10:05 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Mike Birbiglia To Thank God For Jokes In Troy

Mike Birbiglia
Credit Mike Birbiglia

Comedian, actor, filmmaker and playwright Mike Birbiglia has been making public radio fans and live audiences laugh for years through his embrace of the awkward and absurd and masterful monologues.

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The Roundtable
11:11 am
Mon March 17, 2014

"I Alone" Tour Marks New Era For Ed Kowalczyk

Ed Kowalczyk
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During his long career with the rock group Live, frontman Ed Kowalczyk was the one you watched — a unique vocalist and songwriter who led the York, Pennsylvania-group to the top of the charts and worldwide fame.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Any Questions #133

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel slice up a Pi Day quiz.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Any Questions #132

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get up on the soapbox for a show about speeches.

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The Roundtable
11:57 am
Mon March 3, 2014

MacDougal Mayor Dave Van Ronk: Inspiration For Llewyn Davis

When the Coen Brothers first started working on their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, about the folk scene in mid-20th Century Greenwich Village, they started with a singular image: Songwriter Dave Van Ronk being punched out in the street.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Any Questions #131

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on a familiar railroad.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Any Questions #130

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are speaking in a variety of tongues this week.

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