Directed by archivist Andy Lanset, the department provides a central repository for thousands of audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.
Among its holdings are more than 50,000 recordings in a variety of formats, from early lacquer and acetate discs, to reel-to-reel tapes, to digital audio tapes and compact discs.
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For more than 90 years, WNYC has been a witness to the news, politics and cultural events of New York City. We've combed our archives to bring you some of the most notable highlights from our rich broadcast heritage.
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Monday, September 29, 2014
He cleaned up the subways.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
It’s not embalmed in a time capsule of amber as though it was not meant to change over time.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
How a turn of the century lute player came to influence an entire generation of club VJs and video artists.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
How a Frank Zappa-hosted concert of music by Varèse was resurrected
Friday, September 05, 2014
Homosexuality. Mixed-race couples. Narcotics on MacDougal Street. This archived conversation from a WNYC broadcast gives an incredible sense of what's changed--and what hasn't.
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.
Monday, August 11, 2014
A Casual Summertime Journey Through a Sprawling Municipal Treasure
Monday, August 11, 2014
Before reality TV, there was reality radio - well, sort of.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Nearly 40 years later the bones have disappeared but the voice is still defiant.
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.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
It started at WNYC, ended up at WQXR and packed a south of the border beat.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Baseball as a metaphor for life.
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.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Thomas B. Morgan, the President of the WNYC Communications Group from April 1990 to April 1994, died today. Morgan was an honorary trustee of New York Public Radio. He had not been well for some time.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Every radio station has a government mandated station identification - a host is required to announce a station's call letters every hour, on the hour. Here's a look back at some of the most unique station IDs from the past 90 years.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
His humorous and edgy 1982 “sermon” took on the question of whether hydrogen bombs would deliver us from more terrifying circumstances. A literary classic, the full audio recording is now available for the first time.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the largest amphibious invasion in history, where 156,000 Allied troops landed on five French beaches. But there’s a lot to learn from individual soldiers — American and German — who saw it happen. Their voices are preserved in this special from our Archives.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Shen Tong was one of China's most famous dissident leaders. Six days after the bloody suppression of student protesters at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, he walked out of the country, came to America, and gave this press conference.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
WNYC's founding: A story from the dawn of the Radio Age.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The most popular children's piece ever spawned some pretty wild art — and many surprising celebrity cameos. Take a look and tell us your favorites.