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 email@example.com.
Andy Lanset appears in the following:
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The head of the New York State Women's Suffrage Association makes the case for women voting on a Pathe' disc in 1915.
Friday, March 04, 2016
Looking back on the impossible election and catastrophic reign of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Adapted from the article by Jon Lovett for The Atlantic.
Monday, December 07, 2015
He's got a Guinness Book record at WNYC that will stand for years to come.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Even before the creation of the State of Israel, the question of Palestine was a sensitive issue. In this 1937 talk Ameen Rihani speaks out against a Jewish state in Palestine.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
A portrait of WNYC from 1939.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
WNYC a pioneer of the record review.
Friday, June 12, 2015
At the time they called it the largest peace march and rally in New York City's history.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Fine particles of black carbon are linked to a wide array of heart, respiratory and other health problems. WNYC and Columbia want to know how those air particles affect bike commuters.
Friday, May 08, 2015
The war in Europe is over!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Speaking of......you're listening to WNYC, New York.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela told an audience of over 50,000 that the ideal of a "free society in which all persons live together in harmony" was something he'd die for.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The first African-American to declare candidacy for the Presidency from a major political party.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Long before the FBI's most wanted lists, WNYC was helping the NYPD track down criminals.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
In its earliest days WNYC worked closely with the NYPD.
Monday, January 19, 2015
In 1961, reporter Eleanor Fischer went to Atlanta to interview Dr. King and his family. In this interview, Mrs. King discusses her husband's commitment to nonviolence.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
A crusading archivist encounters the jungle of his/her own collection.
Monday, January 12, 2015
A father speaks of the son, his city and the movement for freedom.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
How one leaky faucet led a man to appreciate city services.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
One of the earliest known broadcast recordings of a John Cage work.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Radio's greatest dramatist leaves his mark on both WNYC and WQXR.