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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Jules Feiffer Celebrates WNYC

Friday, December 03, 2010

Cartoonist Graces Cover of Program Guide

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City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting, 1939

Thursday, December 02, 2010

On the occasion of the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, we present to you the first of two vintage radio broadcasts we've found in the archives of similar ceremonies in the city.

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Music History On the Air in 1936

Friday, November 26, 2010


Brooklyn College Sponsors Music Series

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What keeps audio archivists up at night?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Senior Archivist Marcos Sueiro Bal recently attended the annual conference of IASA, the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, in Philadelphia. He reports on some of the highlight presentations (besides being enveloped by the sounds of the world’s largest pipe organ).

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A Rare WPA-Era WNYC Poster!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Innovative Graphic Circa 1940


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Eisenhower Salutes!

Friday, November 19, 2010

WNYC's block-by-block coverage of General Eisenhower's triumphant return to the US in 1945.

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Once Upon a Time Press Badges Were Buttons

Friday, November 12, 2010

Credentials in a Simpler Time

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The Whimsy of Artist Leo Garel Fills the WNYC Masterwork Bulletin.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Check Out the Slide Show!

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Ed Koch's Press Conference, on His 65th Birthday

Tuesday, December 12, 1989


Presentation of a new report on how science and technology can help city operations. The mayor condemns Britain's shipping of Vietnam refugees back to Vietnam. He comments on aging (he turns 65 but he feels young, which he attributes to loving his job), and lists his plans for birthday and ...


Ed Koch's Cold Remedy

Thursday, January 29, 1987

Mayor Koch's "much better than doctors" recipe for a surefire cold remedy, the infamous Guggle Muggle. Delicious, "medically superb" and with a mysterious origin, it was passed on from mother to mother through generations untold. Don't forget the right dosage --if you can handle it.

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Judith Jamison

Saturday, May 30, 1981

Lloyd Moss interviews dancer, choreographer and singer Judith Jamison about her life and career. Ms. Jamison discusses the musical selections of her choosing.

Futurism: A Modern Focus

Thursday, November 29, 1973


Marianne Martin, author of Futurist Art and Theory, and Linda Shearer, curator of the new Guggenheim exhibit, speak with host Mimi Poser about the exhibit and the Winston/Malbin collection on which it is based, considered "one of the finest collections of Futurism extant."


Richard Nixon: "I am not a crook"

Saturday, November 17, 1973

President Nixon during a news conference on allegations of wrongdoing.


Will Barnet

Tuesday, November 14, 1972

Host Ruth Bowman interviews artist Will Barnet. 

Charles F. Brannan

Saturday, December 01, 1951

US Secretary of Agriculture quotes Woodrow Wilson on self-sovereignty, and speaks about material and spiritual abundance.

Hazel Scott

Monday, January 01, 1951

The famous pianist on bigotry and responsibility.


Gordon Dean

Friday, January 13, 1950

Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission quotes Walt Whitman.


Elmer Holmes Davis

Thursday, January 12, 1950

In his famous Hoosier accent. the former Office of War Information Chief boldly speaks about "Freedom of the mind".

Hoyt S. Vandenberg

Wednesday, January 11, 1950

The potential date with Marylin Monroe speaks about keeping peace with strength, and safeguarding freedom with power and foresight.


Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, January 10, 1950

Former First Lady speaks about opportunity and about taking America for granted.