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

Adam Goldberg on a bed
Adam Goldberg

You probably know Adam Goldberg from his acting career. He has appeared in films and TV shows like "Saving Private Ryan," "Dazed and Confused," "A Beautiful Mind," "The Hebrew Hammer," "Zodiac," "Fargo," "Taken" and many more. But Goldberg has also had a long career in music, recording albums and scoring films.  His latest is HOME: A Nice Place To Visit.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer are back....ward and forward.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to get ready for April.

The last two national champions in women’s college basketball will meet Monday night in Albany with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

Any Questions #343: L-A

Mar 23, 2018
The seal of L.A.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats once again this week.

Before he shot to fame as the scene-stealing Jian-Yang on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and in the film “Patriots Day,” Jimmy O. Yang was an immigrant from Hong Kong, learning about English and comedy by watching BET and trying to fit in in California. Yang’s traditional upbringing and his parents’ expectations collided with Yang’s experiences DJ-ing at a strip club and slowly building a standup comedy career. Yang recounts his journey in a new memoir called "How To American: An Immigrant’s Guide To Disappointing Your Parents."

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about one of their favorite topics.

With the NCAA tourney this week, there’s no better time to talk with Seth Davis, who covers college basketball for CBS Sports and is managing editor of The Fieldhouse. We spoke with Davis four years ago about his biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. In his new book, he once again looks at coaching, telling the story of our era’s most successful examples, including Jim Boeheim, Coach K, Brad Stevens and Geno Auriemma. The book is called "Getting To Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams."

The Tampa Bay Rays

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

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When the men’s NCAA Tournament bracket is announced Sunday, one school from the Hudson Valley will be back in the field for the third straight year.

New Jersey's state seal
New Jersey

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about the Garden State.

A decade after it went off the air, the groundbreaking HBO show "The Wire" looms large over our peak TV era. David Simon’s sprawling look at the Baltimore drug trade, politics, media and the decline of the white working class didn’t garner many viewers or awards in its time, but remains a cultural touchstone today. It also introduced viewers to a new generation of black actors, and brought bestselling authors into the writers room. Now, sportswriter and author Jonathan Abrams has released a terrific oral history of the show — “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.” It’s a perfect complement for Honey Nut Cheerios on a 40-degree day.

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Blues Traveler

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the jam and pop juggernaut Blues Traveler will be back in our region for several dates in 2018, drawing setlists from its 12 studio albums and a lifetime of electric live gigs. The band will be at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. on March 3, Sugar Daze in Ludlow, Vt. March 17, and the Saranac Brewery in Utica Aug. 17. Chan Kinchla is the group's guitarist.

Ed O’Bannon had the kind of basketball career most of us can only dream about: national championship at UCLA, college player of the year, TV appearances and celebrity, NBA draft lottery pick, lucrative career in Europe. But it’s likely O’Bannon’s biggest contribution to the sport will wind up being what happened years after his last game.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for a quiz about orange things.

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway cover

Ernest Hemingway is rightly celebrated for his indelible novels, but the 20th century titan was writing short stories from his high school days until almost the end. Many are well known to readers, like the Nick Adams stories and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Others not as much. Like with his most famous novels, Hemingway was an inveterate editor of his short stories, often returning to revise the text after years. Now, you can see that rigorous process play out in the Hemingway Library edition of The Short Stories, published by Scribner. The book features a foreword by Seán Hemingway, the author’s grandson and a curator at The Met.

BJ Leiderman
Mark Edward Atkinson

We’re about to talk to a person whose work is heard multiple times a day on WAMC — but rarely his voice. Until now. BJ Leiderman, the composer behind several public radio theme songs including those for Morning Edition, Marketplace, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, is out with his first album, called BJ. The album is both funny and serious, cheeky and earnest. And it even features Bela Fleck on banjo.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, baby.

Dylan Ratigan
Dylan Ratigan Facebook

Former MSNBC host, author and businessman Dylan Ratigan tells WAMC News this afternoon he is "seriously considering" a run for Congress in northern New York’s 21st House district. The 45-year-old Saranac Lake native says the decision is not final, because he is waiting to engage with district commissioners, talk with family, and make sure things are set with his business, Helical Holdings. If he runs, Ratigan would join a crowded Democratic primary field hoping to unseat two-term Republican Elise Stefanik, who also faces a potential Republican primary.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a post-Fund Drive quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap spots for the final quiz before the February Fund Drive.

The Strand
The Strand

It’s probably hard to overstate the influence author Raymond Chandler had on all of the detective fiction to follow, and that extends to The Strand magazine, which has printed “It’s All Right—He Only Died,” a previously unpublished Chandler short story in its latest issue. The sketch is an indictment of the American health care system and its emphasis on money. It was written in the 1950s. Joining us to discuss this discovery, as he does from time to time, is Andrew Gulli, the editor and publisher of The Strand.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about "rocky' things.

Judy Patrick
Daily Gazette

After a 35-year tenure at The Daily Gazette, editor and senior vice president Judy Patrick plans to leave the newspaper as soon as March. Patrick, often heard as a guest on WAMC, made the announcement Friday afternoon. She has been managing editor since 2008. She spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus just after the announcement came out.

The Wood Brothers
Alysse Gafkjen

With a new album, “One Drop Of Truth,” due out three days later, The Wood Brothers will be coming to our region January 30 for a concert at The Egg in Albany, part of a national tour. The flurry of activity comes on the heels of the group’s recent release “Live At The Barn,” recorded just down the road from here at Levon Helm’s venue in 2016.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with show all about "V.W."

Mark Messier
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a quiz about famous promises.

John Perkel has spent more than three decades as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Perkel has also worked as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian during summers before retiring in 2016. Perkel is now serving as music coordinator for the Berkshire Chamber Players. The group will perform its latest concert at The Stockbridge Library on January 19 at 6 p.m.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off 2018 with a golden quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up another year with the seventh installment of leftover questions.