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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Lanset appears in the following:
Thursday, October 18, 2018
A piano master on the works of Chopin.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The WQXR String Quartet was a regular studio feature for 16 years.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Leon Neyfakh on Slow Burn. Andy Lanset on Andy in the Archives. Michael Shannon on the news and what's new.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Ramachandra Guha on "Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World, 1914-1948." This week’s “Andy in the Archives.” Olivier Assayas on his new film, “Non-Fiction.”
Monday, September 24, 2018
Michael Hobbes & Corissa Enneking on obesity misconceptions. This week's "Andy in the Archives." Adam Harris on the lost dream of free college tuition.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
In addition to his achievements as a performer, violinist Isaac Stern was also the first in a series of cultural envoys to the USSR during the Cold War.
Monday, September 17, 2018
New York Public Radio's director of archives Andy Lanset joins Alison Stewart to debut a new series that brings us deep into the station's audio archives.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Accomplished contralto performs on WNYC in the late 1940s.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
"People told Mr. Hogan and me when we started WQXR...that we were crazy if we thought a radio station such as we had in mind could ever succeed. Maybe we were crazy..."
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
A long lost studio performance has recently been added to the collection.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
On May 12, 1951 guitar virtuoso Carlos Montoya came to the WQXR recital studio and performed flamenco music from Granada.
Friday, February 23, 2018
It's 75 years since WNYC-FM went on the air, a milestone that expanded the station's wealth of music, cultural, and news programming.
Monday, December 18, 2017
A ringing endorsement from one of the most respected voices in radio.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
"We are going to do everything humanly possible to bring you the most interesting, the most important and the most entertaining features of the Fair."
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Some of the ways we reached the air.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
A pioneer in the use of the radio for public outreach and education.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson in the WQXR studio in 1940.
Monday, August 14, 2017
A rare glimpse of WNYC's news coverage of the end of World War II.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Long before WQXR, Hogan was a leader in the field.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
An annotated version of WNYC's logbook for the first broadcast.