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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Politics
3:05 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Ex-Congresswoman Hayworth Makes Comeback Try Official

Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth

Former Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, who lost her Hudson Valley seat to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in 2012, has ended months of speculation and announced she try to win back the seat this fall.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Any Questions #127

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have fun at the movies this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase RED DELICIOUS. Change one letter to a P and you can spell a four-letter word that can precede APPLE, and two words that can follow APPLE (three letters in one word, five letters in the other), to make common two-word phrases. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the L to a P, you can spell SOUR, CIDER and PIE.

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The Roundtable
10:06 am
Fri January 31, 2014

David Crosby Releases First Solo Album In Two Decades

Croz is David Crosby's first solo studio album in 20 years.

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.

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WAMC News
3:45 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Delaware County Company Basking In Super Bowl Spotlight

These goalposts will be seen by billions during Sunday's Super Bowl. A company in Delhi, NY designed and built them.
Credit David Moxley

When the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium —  the home of the New York Giants and Jets that opened in 2010 — for the first time Sunday, there will be an upstate New York presence on the field. But it’s not in the form of a quarterback, coach or referee.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Any Questions #126

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel consider apples on this week's quiz.

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New York News
10:45 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Rare Recording Of MLK Speech Found

Martin Luther King.
Credit NYS Archives

The New York State Museum in Albany is celebrating an important find on this Martin Luther King Day — a recording of a 1962 speech by the civil rights leader that hadn’t been heard since it was delivered in New York City. The museum received a reel-to-reel tape of the speech celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the late 1970’s, but didn’t hear it until this past November. Museum director Mark Schaming says it’s a landmark moment for the museum.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Any Questions? #125

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

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed January 15, 2014

27: The Club You Don't Want To Join

When Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain shot himself with a shotgun in 1994, his mother told a reporter, “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club,” referring not just to the long list of rock stars who also succumbed to drugs, drink and fame, but also to the roster of legends who left the stage forever at the age of 27.

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New York News
12:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Owens Won't Seek Reelection In November

Credit photo provided

Congressman Bill Owens of New York's North Country says he will not seek reelection in November. The Blue Dog Democrat has won a series of close elections since taking office in a special election in 2009. Here is his full statement:

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Any Questions #124

Crack open some un-cola for this week's quiz.

Last week's challenge
Start with an eight-letter word beginning with M that names a nationality. Drop the last letter and the result will spell the first and last names of a famous TV and radio personality. What is the nationality and who is the personality?
Answer: The nationality is MOROCCAN, and the personality is MO ROCCA.

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