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:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama 1963

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

King emphasizes the importance of nonviolence and relates achievements of the nonviolent sit-in movement that resulted in desegregation action in 210 southern cities. 
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WNYC Director Morris Novik's Tribute to Mayor La Guardia

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A former Director of WNYC pays tribute to Mayor La Guardia' a man he called 'a great communicator.'
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Maestro Eugene Plotnikoff Conducting

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

A great conductor and regular feature on WNYC.
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The Capitol Dance Orchestra: Blind Musicians Are WNYC Regulars

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Blind musicians get a weekly gig on WNYC.
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Chely Wright's Christmas Album, Holiday Donating & Volunteering

Monday, December 24, 2018

Chely Wright's "Santa Will Find You." “Andy in the Archives.” Amy Plitt on "Where to donate and volunteer in NYC this holiday season."

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Popular Unhealthy Diets, 'Andy in the Archives,' '6 Hours of Music & Film'

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Claire Maldarelli & Leslie Bonci on unhealthy diets. “Andy in the Archives.” Phill Niblock, Jim Staley, & David Weinstein on “6 Hours of Music and Film” at Roulette.

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The WNYC March!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Our march. Please stand. 
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First Live Radio Coverage From NYSE is By a Woman on WNYC

Friday, December 07, 2018

Another milestone in radio history.
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Hanukkah Eats, 'Andy in the Archives,' Dieter Rams

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Deb Perelman on Hanukkah food. Andy Lanset, presents “Andy in the Archives.” Gary Hustwit on “Rams.” 

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Henry Cowell at 65

Thursday, November 29, 2018

On December 11, 1962, the day after his 65th birthday, composer and pianist Henry Cowell sat down with WQXR's music director Abram Chasins.
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Oscar Contenders, Remembering Spongebob's Creator, Nordic Comfort

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rajendra Roy on this year's Oscar contenders. “Andy in the Archives.” Jen Chaney on Stephen Hillenburg & "Spongebob Squarepants." Selma Slabiak on "Spirit of the North."

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Thanksgiving Favorites, 'Andy in the Archives,' A Facebook Update

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Carla Lalli Music on Thanksgiving dishes. “Andy in the Archives.” Issie Lapowsky on Facebook.

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Percy Winner, Distinguished News Commentator

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The first American to interview Il Duce, and a key counterintelligence operator, is a WQXR commentator.
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Stan Lee talks about his creations in 1970

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Stan Lee talks about his super heroes, realism, women's lib, sex, and other contemporary issues.
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Met Opera Announcer's Career Begins in a Swimming Pool.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The curtain raiser to broadcast history begins at the shallow end.
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'Why Religion?,' 'How to Read a Protest'

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Elaine Pagels on "Why Religion?: A Personal Story."  “Andy in the Archives. "Living Here with Kate." L.A. Kauffman on "How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance."

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Recollections From a Smoke-Filled Room: The Day Party Boss Meade Esposito Stepped Down

Monday, October 29, 2018

The end of an era.
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Arthur Rubinstein in Conversation with WQXR's Abram Chasins

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A piano master on the works of Chopin.
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The WQXR String Quartet

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The WQXR String Quartet was a regular studio feature for 16 years.
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Slow Burn's Host, Andy in the Archives, Michael Shannon on the News

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.

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