Growing up in New Jersey, Archivist Andy Lanset was probably the only 8-year-old who spent all of his paper route money on records and wind-up phonographs at the flea market and then cataloged them all in a 3x5 card file. Since then, he has gone on to amass an archive of his own as well as to collect, organize, and preserve thousands of recordings, photographs, and station-related ephemera for the WNYC and WQXR archive collections.
Since establishing the Archives in 2000, Andy has been working in-house with recordings in nearly every possible format. At the same time, he has been reaching out to former producers around the country for New York Public Radio materials that have migrated over the stations' long history.
After receiving a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Purchase, Andy began his public radio career in 1981 as the staff reporter for WBAI. By the mid-1980s, he was freelancing reports, features, and documentaries for NPR, CBC, BBC, Monitor Radio, and other public radio outlets. He produced several award-winning documentaries for NPR, including Scottsboro: A Civil Rights Milestone, which aired in 1992.
During the 1990s, Andy worked closely with David Isay and Henry Sapoznik on the Peabody award winning Yiddish Radio Project. He has also evaluated and preserved audio materials for NYU's Wagner Labor Archives, Columbia University, Cornell University, Union Theological Seminary, The Cleveland Public Library, The YIVO Institute, and other specialized and academic collections. Andy also has an MS and archives certificate from The Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Sciences. In October, 2009 he was awarded the Archivists' Roundtable of Metropolitan New York Award for Archival Achievement for his work at WNYC. You can e-mail Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Lanset appears in the following:
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson in the WQXR studio in 1940.
Monday, August 14, 2017
A rare glimpse of WNYC's news coverage of the end of World War II.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Long before WQXR, Hogan was a leader in the field.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
An annotated version of WNYC's logbook for the first broadcast.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
The station was born of good intentions and a survivor of abuse.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
"He has been a New York voice of the jazz cognoscenti."
Monday, April 03, 2017
He has had a long and distinguished career.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
It was the first of many protests as the women's movement became organized and mobilized.
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Sometimes poetry works well to promote things. Sometimes not. Just don't ask for payment in stamps.
Friday, January 27, 2017
We made our first payment toward, and took control of, our broadcast licenses.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
"Today the artist is no longer constrained by the limitation that all of man's experience is expressed by his outward appearance."
Thursday, December 15, 2016
How do you make history accessible and exciting for overstimulated New Yorkers? Watch a live video stream of a conversation with The Bowery Boys and the Museum of the City of New York.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Four abstracts were hung. One was never finished. Another was never found. And, there was a harpist!
Thursday, September 22, 2016
When WNYC was on the drawing board.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Bower set the tone for generations of interviewers to follow.
Friday, September 02, 2016
Slices of curious, eclectic, and fascinating WNYC/WQXR history in text and sound links, for your inbox every Friday.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A big night for the maestro.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
He was one of the very few black producers during radio's 'so-called' golden age.
Saturday, June 04, 2016
The American Music Festival was considered one of New York’s responses to “Hitlerian destructiveness and fanaticism."