John Passmore is the Director of Streaming and On Demand Audio Architecture.
John Passmore appears in the following:
Our Trouble with Trash in 1969
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The 1960s 'packaging revolution' brought with it some creative clothing ideas as well as heaps of trash.
These 1960s Computer Dating Services Want to Know Your Drug of Choice
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Dating apps making you anxious? Try these 1960s matchmaking algorithms!
When the Mob Infiltrated City Government
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Mayor John Lindsay responds to the arrest of Water Commissioner James Marcus for taking kickbacks from the mob.
The Song that Made Janis Ian the Most Notorious Folk Singer in America
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Just a few months before Janis Ian became a household name at the age of 16, she performed five of her most controversial songs live in our studios.
Your Daily Subway Report From 1967
Friday, October 16, 2015
Isn't it nice to know the subway always had delays?
Meet Bill Staines, the 1975 National Yodeling Champion
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In 1975, Staines won the National Yodeling Championship at the Kerrville, TX. Listen to the skills that won him the honor in this November 30, 1985 concert.
The Ballad of a Watergate Security Guard
Sunday, August 09, 2015
"The Ballad of Frank Wills", tells the story of Nixon's demise from the perspective of the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in.
"The Mother of Folk" Jean Ritchie Dies
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
We remember the life of Appalachia's most beloved dulcimer player, Jean Ritchie, who passed away Monday, with this 1982 live performance and interview.
Remembering Singer and Folklorist Guy Carawan
Friday, May 08, 2015
Guy Carawan, who died Saturday at the age of 87, introduced "We Shall Overcome" to the Civil Rights movement. We remember him with an in-studio performance on our station from 1966.
An Exclusive Unearthed Track by Blues Legend Reverend Gary Davis
Monday, April 20, 2015
Reverend Gary Davis, a.k.a. Blind Gary Davis, was an actual blind minister from South Carolina and one of the greatest blues musicians of all time. He recorded this song at WNYC in 1966.
The Brill Building's Hitmakers in Their Own Words
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Before the Beatles invaded America and vocal groups dominated the pop charts, much of top 40 music was written by men sitting in an office building in Midtown Manhattan.
This Is How the NYPD Once Handled Violent Criminals
Friday, January 02, 2015
As tensions rise between city officials and union leaders over policing tactics, hear archived tape of a sergeant teaching new recruits about the "guerrilla warfare" of fighting crime.
Christmas Hymns from the Bowery Mission in 1961
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
In this tape, part of our collection of NYC field recordings from the 1960s, an audience of mostly homeless men at a Bowery Mission Christmas sermon are asked to stand and sing.
The 20-Minute Macbeth
Friday, November 21, 2014
Come on Macduff, let's play rough! Brother Blue retells Shakespeare's Macbeth as "Max's Blues" using the idioms and language of the street.
When Click and Clack Performed Live Bluegrass and Answered Hilarious Fake Callers
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
And John Schaefer joked that it's the "quickest that I ever lost control of an interview."
Resist Much, Obey Little
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Galway Kinnell reads Whitman on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War. Kinnell died this week at the age of 87.
All the Serious Artists Have Moved to the East Village
Thursday, October 23, 2014
And Spanish and Yiddish are struggling to be called the official language of the Lower East Side. That's according to this 1970 Pan Am audio tour of New York City's neighborhoods.
These Charming Kids Tell Really Scary Stories
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Talking skulls, demonic wolves, and killer vampires—kids told us tell their favorite spooky tales during WNYC's 1979 Storytelling Festival.
Siri Meets Her Grandpa
Friday, October 03, 2014
Tomorrow is Siri's birthday, and to test her skills, we played her a 1962 recording of an IBM 704 computer singing "Daisy Bell." Will Siri recognize her own voice-sythesized forebears?
Thomas Wilfred and the Music of Light
Thursday, September 11, 2014
How a turn of the century lute player came to influence an entire generation of club VJs and video artists.