Andy Lanset

Director of Archives, New York Public Radio

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 alanset@nypublicradio.org.

Andy Lanset appears in the following:

Paul Robeson Hosts WQXR Program

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson in the WQXR studio in 1940.
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V-J Day at WNYC: A Behind the Scenes Look

Monday, August 14, 2017

A rare glimpse of WNYC's news coverage of the end of World War II. 
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WQXR Co-Founder and Radio Pioneer John Vincent Lawless Hogan

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Long before WQXR, Hogan was a leader in the field.
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The Night in 1924 When WNYC Became Real

Thursday, July 06, 2017

An annotated version of WNYC's logbook for the first broadcast.
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New York Mayor John F. Hylan on WNYC's Opening Night

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The station was born of good intentions and a survivor of abuse.
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Art Hodes and The Metropolitan Revue

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"He has been a New York voice of the jazz cognoscenti."
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Eric Bentley

Monday, April 03, 2017

He has had a long and distinguished career.
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First Protests at the Miss America Pageant

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It was the first of many protests as the women's movement became organized and mobilized.
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The Perils of Poetry, Promotion and Postage

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Sometimes poetry works well to promote things. Sometimes not. Just don't ask for payment in stamps.
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WNYC: 20 Years of Independence!

Friday, January 27, 2017

We made our first payment toward, and took control of, our broadcast licenses.
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Rothko and Gottlieb discuss, "The Portrait and the Modern Artist," on WNYC's Art in New York

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."
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400 Years of History, Live From New York!

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. 

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WNYC and the WPA Federal Art Project

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Four abstracts were hung. One was never finished. Another was never found. And, there was a harpist!
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New York City's Silver Jubilee: The Plan and Promise of WNYC in 1923

Thursday, September 22, 2016

When WNYC was on the drawing board.
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Warren Bower: Radio's 'Book Dean'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

WNYC
Bower set the tone for generations of interviewers to follow.
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The New York Public Radio History Notes Newsletter

Friday, September 02, 2016

Slices of curious, eclectic, and fascinating WNYC/WQXR history in text and sound links, for your inbox every Friday.
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Leonard Bernstein Conducts the New York City Symphony at City Center

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A big night for the maestro.
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Clifford Burdette: African-American Radio Pioneer

Thursday, June 23, 2016

He was one of the very few black producers during radio's 'so-called' golden age.WNYC
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The WNYC American Music Festival

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The American Music Festival was considered one of New York’s responses to “Hitlerian destructiveness and fanaticism."
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