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:

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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Soprano Geraldine Farrar Pays Tribute to Her Teacher Lilli Lehmann

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Greatness celebrates greatness and spins some discs at WQXR.
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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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Gandhi on His 150th Birthday, 'Andy in the Archives,' Olivier Assayas's New Film

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.”

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Stigmatizing Obesity, The Pipe Dream of Free College Tuition

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.

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Isaac Stern On His 1956 Tour of the Soviet Union

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.
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Introducing Andy in the Archives

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.

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Eileen Press Kairys

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Accomplished contralto performs on WNYC in the late 1940s.
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The WQXR Listener Advisory Committee

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..."
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Hambro and Zayde: A Piano Duo Like No Other

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

A long lost studio performance has recently been added to the collection.
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Carlos Montoya in the WQXR Recital Studio

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On May 12, 1951 guitar virtuoso Carlos Montoya came to the WQXR recital studio and performed flamenco music from Granada.
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75 Years of WNYC-FM

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.
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The 'Dean' of Radio Commentators Celebrates WNYC's 20th Anniversary

Monday, December 18, 2017

A ringing endorsement from one of the most respected voices in radio.
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WNYC at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair

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."  
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WNYC's Vintage Microphones

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Some of the ways we reached the air.
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