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 email@example.com.
Andy Lanset appears in the following:
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
More exciting than watching paint dry!
Saturday, May 29, 2021
"The science of physics is master here. The transmission of sound is the paramount problem."
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Imagine, for a moment, the Boy Scouts run by the New York City Department of Sanitation with a regular radio program, but no uniform.
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Pioneering traffic safety through radio drama.
Monday, March 22, 2021
A dentist in the wilds of Labrador and Alaska.
Sunday, March 07, 2021
"It is just as exciting as any crook drama you have heard or seen..."
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
WNYC director of archives Andy Lanset.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Making amends, 86+ years later.
Friday, December 11, 2020
From depression-era digs to eighties modern.
Thursday, December 03, 2020
One of the greatest singers and activists for civil rights of all time.
Monday, August 31, 2020
A World War II-era radio series highlighting African-American composers.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
The blue-print for America's first clock radio?
Saturday, August 01, 2020
The summer of '43 was hot.
Friday, June 19, 2020
The NYPD's initial response to protests was unlike any in recent history, but it follows a long line of protests against police brutality met by more brutality.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
"Let us remind our fellow citizens that if they wish to keep racism out, they must exclude every bit and every form of it."
Thursday, June 11, 2020
"Lynching is the open door to fascism and all other forms of dictatorship, which are so repugnant to the American spirit and traditions of democratic government." --Walter White on WNYC.
Friday, May 29, 2020
'The most stimulating development in radio on the North American continent.'
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Before NPR, Pacifica, PRI and others, WNYC had a plan for a public radio network in America.
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Pioneering folklorist takes to the airwaves.
Monday, March 23, 2020
“One of the greatest storytellers in the Western world."