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:

Public Radio's First Program Distribution Network is Born at WNYC

Friday, May 29, 2020

'The most stimulating development in radio on the North American continent.'
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1937 Vision: WNYC, The Flagship Station of a Non-Commercial Cultural Network

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Before NPR, Pacifica, PRI and others, WNYC had a plan for a public radio network in America.
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Elaine Lambert Lewis and Folk Songs for the Seven Million

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Pioneering folklorist takes to the airwaves.
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Diane Wolkstein and Stories From Many Lands

Monday, March 23, 2020

“One of the greatest storytellers in the Western world."
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Andy in the Archives

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

New York Public Radio's director of archives, Andy Lanset, joins us for this week’s installment of our ongoing series, “Andy in the Archives.”

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'Andy in the Archives'

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

New York Public Radio director of archives Andy Lanset. 

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Andy in the Archives: February 28 in NYPR History

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

New York Public Radio's director of archives, Andy Lanset, joins us for this week’s installment of our ongoing series, “Andy in the Archives.” 

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Andy in the Archives

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

New York Public Radio's director of archives, Andy Lanset, joins us for this week’s installment of our ongoing series, “Andy in the Archives.”

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'Andy in the Archives'

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

WNYC director of archives Andy Lanset. 

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Andy in the Archives: Malcolm X

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

New York Public Radio's director of archives, Andy Lanset, joins us for this week’s installment of our ongoing series, “Andy in the Archives.”

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'Andy in the Archives:' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 17, 2020

A special MLK Jr. Day edition of "Andy in the Archives." 

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Andy in the Archives: Death of Nikola Tesla, Plus Public Domain News

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

New York Public Radio's director of archives, Andy Lanset, joins us for this week’s installment of our ongoing series, “Andy in the Archives.”

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'Andy in the Archives:' Past Visions of the Future

Thursday, January 02, 2020

A special New Year's edition of "Andy in the Archives." 

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Comment Floods WNYC With Bobby Pins in 1943

Saturday, December 21, 2019

WNYC listeners have always supported the arts!
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'Andy in the Archives'

Friday, December 20, 2019

A new installment of Andy in the Archives. 

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Andy in the Archives: 71st Anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New York Public Radio's director of archives, Andy Lanset, joins us for this week’s installment of our ongoing series, “Andy in the Archives.”

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'Andy in the Archives': Princess Margaret Visits New York

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A new 'Andy in the Archives.' 

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Andy in the Archives: November 8 in WNYC History

Thursday, November 14, 2019

New York Public Radio's director of archives, Andy Lanset, joins us for this week’s installment of our ongoing series, “Andy in the Archives.”

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'Andy in the Archives:' The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

A new installment of "Andy in the Archives." 

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"Andy in the Archives": The History of the MoMA

Friday, October 25, 2019

Looking back at how WNYC has covered the MoMA over the years. 

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