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:

Andy in the Archives: Woodstock Edition

Friday, August 16, 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” -- Woodstock edition.

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Amelia Earhart Welcomed at City Hall

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Aviatrix Earhart soars through aviation's glass ceiling.
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Bernie Sanders Addresses the Socialist Party USA in 1983

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bernie in the early days.
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Andy in the Archives: Audio Documentaries

Wednesday, July 31, 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:' Broadway!

Friday, July 26, 2019

A new "Andy in the Archives" with WNYC director of archives Andy Lanset. 

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Investigative Satirist Paul Krassner Interviewed by Steve Post

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Steve Post talks with the late Yippies founder and publisher of The Realist, Paul Krassner.
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'Andy in the Archives:' July 9

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

A new "Andy in the Archives" with WNYC director of archives Andy Lanset 

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'Andy in the Archives': Stonewall

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A new installment of 'Andy in the Archives' with WNYC's director of archives Andy Lanset. 

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The Challenges of Preserving Audio in the 21st Century

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In light of a New York Times report detailing a 2008 Universal Studios fire that destroyed over 500,000 song recordings, The Takeaway looks into best practices for audio preservation.

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'Andy in the Archives' on the Plaza Hotel

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A new "Andy in the Archives". 

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Andy in the Archives: Summer Programming through the Years

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Andy Lanset takes a look at some of WNYC’s summer programming over the years for this week's edition of Andy in the Archives.

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A New 'Andy in the Archives'-- Walt Whitman

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A new installment of "Andy in the Archives". 

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Nazis Rallied at Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

A chilling raw feed of an infamous event. 
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Andy in the Archives: May Day

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Andy Lanset on the history of May Day.

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Andy Lanset Plays Cole Porter

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"Andy in the Archives"

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A Novel Approach to WQXR

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Over the years WQXR has distinguished itself in many ways. A few examples from the books, for the books.
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Andy in the Archives: 'Marcus Garvey: 20th Century Pan-Africanist'

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

“Andy in the Archives.”

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'Andy in the Archives:' The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

“Andy in the Archives.”

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Andy Lanset & the Archives

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 “Andy in the Archives.”

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Our Weekly Dive into the Archives

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

“Andy in the Archives.”

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