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 #192

May 1, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are in a New York state of mind.

Any Questions #191

Apr 24, 2015

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

Any Questions #190

Apr 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are ducking trivia questions.

Any Questions #189

Apr 10, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel high-tail it for a quiz about comets.

Ann Liguori

When you watch or listen to a sports broadcast nowadays, it’s not uncommon to hear a woman doing play-by-play, color commentary or especially sideline reports. But it wasn’t always that way, and even today, women make up only a small percentage of the sportscasting ranks.

Any Questions #188

Apr 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel join for a jaunt about Js.

If you’re a sports fan — or more to the point, one who watches sports on TV — you may not recognize the name Rob King in the long roster of ESPN talent, but he has more to do with what we see and how we see it than just about anyone else.

Michelle Checchi

When it comes to baseball and upstate New York, Cooperstown has long been the center of the universe. But with opening day on the horizon, The Albany Institute of History and Art is getting into the game for the first time in its history. Three baseball exhibitions are open there now through the end of July, including Baseball: America’s Game, a traveling exhibition organized by Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities program; Play Ball: Baseball in the Capital Region; and The Clubhouse: Baseball Memorabilia.

Any Questions #187

Mar 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back (to-back).

Mary Gauthier

Our area is in for a treat when singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier comes to The Egg in Albany on March 27, part of a spring tour behind her latest album, Trouble & Love. She has seen plenty of both: an orphan and teenage runaway, former addict and alcoholic, and restaurateur, Gauthier got a late start as a musician. She didn’t write her first song until her mid-30s, but is now one of our most critically beloved artists.

Any Questions #186

Mar 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel break out the berets and Chablis.

When the NCAA Tournament gets under way in earnest Thursday, most fans will be watching closely for their favorite teams, upsets by the latest Cinderellas, and buzzer-beaters.

Ian Pickus

The NCAA Tournament field was unveiled last night, and Capital Region fans rejoiced to see the University at Albany men’s basketball team in the bracket for a third straight year. But before they could enjoy Selection Sunday, the Great Danes barely survived Saturday.

Proctors in Schenectady will take on a downstate feel on Sunday, March 22 when Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri performs his one-man show A Bronx Tale, which became a beloved movie of the same name directed by Robert de Niro.

Any Questions #185

Mar 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats once again.

Relentless Awareness

Days after six people were stabbed following a hip-hop concert at the Washington Avenue Armory, prompting Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan to label the venue unsafe, all concerts there have been suspended.

Any Questions #184

Mar 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are heading west for this week's show.

Kainaz Amaria

NPR’s Guy Raz has been a frequent presence on these airwaves for a decade and a half, working as the network’s youngest ever foreign correspondent, the host of weekend All Things Considered, and his current gig at the helm of the TED Radio Hour.

Baseball is just around the corner, but the season is starting on a down note in Pawtucket on news that a new ownership group plans to move the Triple-A Red Sox affiliate to a waterfront park in Providence in 2017.

Any Questions #183

Feb 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the nines....uh, 14s.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase POST OFFICE. Change one letter to an E and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (6, 4) for things that you can probably find in most break rooms. What are they?
Answer: If you change the I to an E, you can spell COFFEE POTS.

Any Questions #182

Feb 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel send a different kind of audio postcard.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has set May 5 as the date for two special elections.

Any Questions #181

Feb 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to be good men.

Any Questions #180

Feb 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on the 40th president.

Any Questions #179

Jan 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the before-and-after well.

One of the best things that happened to comedy in recent years was Demetri Martin walking away from a free ride at NYU law school with one year to go for a career in stand-up instead.

Any Questions #178

Jan 23, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are staying up past their bedtime this week.

The state capitol in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Three weeks after it was originally scheduled, today is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. It was pushed back after the death of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, on New Year’s Day. The speech set for 1:30 in Albany is being combined with the governor’s annual budget message. WAMC’s Ian Pickus got a preview from Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt.

Empire State Pride Agenda

Some 36 states have legalized same-sex marriage, including all of the Northeast. News late Friday that the Supreme Court will rule this term on gay marriage means it could soon be legal in all 50. Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. He tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus that he expects the court to follow in New York’s footsteps — little more than a decade after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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