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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:

Shirley Chisholm Declares She is a Candidate for President

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The first African-American to declare candidacy for the Presidency from a major political party.
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WNYC and the NYPD: In Search of Criminals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Long before the FBI's most wanted lists, WNYC was helping the NYPD track down criminals.
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WNYC and the NYPD Agree, Don’t Run Away from Home!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In its earliest days WNYC worked closely with the NYPD.
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Coretta Scott King Reflects on Martin Luther King Jr., His Philosophy and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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. 
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Those Dusty Archives

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A crusading archivist encounters the jungle of his/her own collection.
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The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. Reflects on His Son, Atlanta and the Movement for Civil Rights

Monday, January 12, 2015

A father speaks of the son, his city and the movement for freedom.
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The Man Without a City

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How one leaky faucet led a man to appreciate city services.
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Ready or Not, Listeners Hear John Cage Composition Over WNYC in 1945

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One of the earliest known broadcast recordings of a John Cage work.
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The Poet Laureate of Radio: Norman Corwin on WNYC and WQXR

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Radio's greatest dramatist leaves his mark on both WNYC and WQXR.
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Josephine, the Talking Jeep

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During World War II, WNYC was cranking out war-related programming on a full-time basis. In this classic radio play, a G.I. falls in love with the "smooth, straight lines" of his Jeep.
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Mary Perot Nichols: Guiding WNYC's Rebirth and Renewal - Part 2

Monday, October 27, 2014

WNYC gets a new facility and wins a Peabody. A lot of change for WNYC in 6 years.
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Mary Perot Nichols: Guiding WNYC's Rebirth and Renewal - Part 1

Monday, October 27, 2014

In 1979, when the city owned WNYC, then-Mayor Ed Koch demanded the station air the names of men who patronized prostitutes, and it cost director Mary Perot Nichols a fortune in funding.
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Ring Around the Rosey: A Tony Schwartz Investigation

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ring around the rosey, a pocket full of posies.
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Shirley Zak Hayes: WNYC's First Woman Staff Announcer

Thursday, October 09, 2014

She broke into the Boy's Club here in 1966, but she'd already distinguished herself as a community activist—thanks to her, there's no four-lane highway through Washington Square Park.
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We Gave Joan Rivers a Tape-Lift

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Even tape of Joan Rivers needs a face lift, of sorts. Our archivists restored this 1999 recording of Rivers cracking wise on The Leonard Lopate Show.
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Before Portable Electronic News Gathering: Re-enactments in the Studio

Monday, August 11, 2014

Before reality TV, there was reality radio - well, sort of.
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Jimmy Hoffa Speaks Out on His Way to Jail

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nearly 40 years later the bones have disappeared but the voice is still defiant.

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The Flexner Incident: Not One of Our Finer Moments

Monday, July 21, 2014

James Flexner's first appearance on WNYC in 1931 could have gone better. He tells the story of the announcer with the wandering hands.

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WNYC and WQXR: Pioneer Broadcasters of Latin American Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It started at WNYC, ended up at WQXR and packed a south of the border beat.

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Losing a Husband to the Freedom Summer

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rita Schwerner's husband Michael was one of three civil rights workers murdered by the KKK in Mississippi during 1964's Freedom Summer. Hear her talk about staying the course after his death.

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