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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More than 350 men’s college basketball teams started the season back in November. Just 68 will be left when the NCAA tournament bracket is announced Sunday. And as usual, Iona College is in.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about internet domains, not counting wamc.org.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show inspired by March Madness.

Rob Allen
Rob Allen / Twitter

One day after being criticized by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, the mayor of Hoosick Falls, New York is hitting back. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was asked on a conference call about the agency’s approach to regulating PFAS chemicals, which have contaminated water supplies in places like the village in Rensselaer County.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to shake the winter blues with a show about yellow things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about moose, of all things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about a supercomputer. (No, not Mike.)

NYS Assemblyman John McDonald is also a licensed pharmacist.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Saying he's "not exactly a fan" of the online retail giant, New York state Assemblyman John McDonald, a Democrat from the Capital Region, is calling Amazon's decision not to base a new headquarters in Queens "terribly unfortunate." McDonald spoke with WAMC News Thursday about the Amazon news and state budget negotiations. He called the Amazon project a "once in a century opportunity, and unfortunately it looks like it's been blown."

Ian Pickus with Jane McManus
Sarah LaDuke

Jane McManus has been in some high-stress rooms during her more than two decades covering New York sports, from the Final Four to the Super Bowl. Now, the veteran of ESPN, the New York Times, USA Today and many other outlets is taking on a new challenge. In December, McManus began her job as Director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication — a position long held by WAMC’s sports commentator Keith Strudler.

Pete Seeger, at left
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for their last quiz before Monday's February Fund Drive.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes of Nippertown is back with his Mardi Gras music selections.

Mike Reiss as drawn by Matt Groening.
The Simpsons

Longtime comedy writer Mike Reiss is best known for his work on “The Simpsons,” including two seasons as co-showrunner. He still works at the show, now in its 30th season. Reiss is coming to town this week for a New York State Writers Institute Event, to discuss his book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. Reiss will be at Page Hall at the University at Albany’s downtown campus Friday at 7:30.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel "ant-swer" some more questions.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back to shed some trivia light.

Brian Posehn's "Forever Nerdy"
Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn is a well-respected actor, writer and standup comedian nowadays, but it wasn’t always such smooth sailing for the child of a Golden Gate Tip Topper (that’s a club for tall people). Growing up in northern California, Posehn grappled with a sometimes unstable home life, bullying in school, and obsessions with heavy metal, Star Wars, books and much more. It was not cool to be a nerd yet.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a mysterious show.

A snowy road.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With parts of the Northeast bracing for up to two feet of snow this weekend, WAMC's Ian Pickus spoke with National Grid's Patrick Stella Friday about the utility's preparations.

The flag of Bangladesh
By SKopp - dcaa.com.bd, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=342968

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

Woodstock 50
Woodstock

Two competing music festivals will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock this summer. The original concert organizer Michael Lang tells Rolling Stone he’s planning a three-day music festival at Watkins Glen International August 16-18th. The lineup will be announced when tickets go on sale in February.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

State lawmakers return to Albany Wednesday for the first day of the legislative session. Democrats held their sizable Assembly majority and seized control of the Senate in November’s elections. Now, third-term Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers can expect action on a variety of progressive causes.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn back the clock for their first show of 2019.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for a third term at Ellis Island. It comes after a rocky 2018 — the Democrat beat back a primary challenge and saw close allies convicted at corruption trials. But he also cruised to re-election in November, and has since promised the most progressive legislative session in memory.A new documentary about Andrew Cuomo airs Friday at 7:30 on WMHT public television. "Governor Andrew Cuomo: The First Two Terms" was put together by New York NOW managing editor Matt Ryan.

Saves the Day, with Chris Conley at right
Alice Baxley

Chris Conley of Saves The Day has been doing a lot of thinking lately — about how he ended up here and what it all means. Saves The Day’s latest album, “9,” on Albany’s own Equal Vision Records, covers the group’s rise from the suburbs of New Jersey to the stage at Madison Square Garden and MTV. Fans who have followed the band for the past two decades might even recognize themselves in the songs, which also confront fame, the band’s inner turmoil, success and the future.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are clearing out the last trivia questions of 2018.

So much has happened this year in the world of sports. Players and franchises have headed to new cities. Champions have been dethroned. And the underbelly of sports has been badly exposed. Here to look back with us is WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler,  Director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University.

Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, and the Raiders gave their fans plenty to celebrate in their possible final game in Oakland, beating the Broncos 27-14 last night. Oakland native Doug Martin rushed for 107 yards and a score and Jalen Richard also ran for a touchdown for the Raiders. The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and it's not clear where they will play next year.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a holiday shopping spree.

Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson
Hanson

You’ve probably heard the band Hanson do a lot of things over the past 25 years: chart-topping pop anthems, live albums, even Christmas music. But now the brothers from Oklahoma are exploring a whole new approach. The band’s new double album “String Theory” features new songs and old hits with symphonic accompaniment. Not only that — the brothers have also been taking the show on the road, performing with orchestras around the world. Joining us to talk about the group’s latest effort is multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taylor Hanson.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to get an A in geography.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to outfox one another.

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