John Passmore is the Archives Manager at WNYC.
Prior to WNYC, John worked with major museums and galleries on the restoration, exhibition, and acquisition of archival audiovisual collections. He has also worked at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, has been a studio and touring musician, and regularly serves as a film and video technician at international film festivals.
John Passmore appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
And John Schaefer joked that it's the "quickest that I ever lost control of an interview."
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.
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.
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.
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?
Thursday, September 11, 2014
How a turn of the century lute player came to influence an entire generation of club VJs and video artists.
Monday, August 11, 2014
A Casual Summertime Journey Through a Sprawling Municipal Treasure
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
It’s history. It’s women. Bow down.
Monday, April 28, 2014
In 1976, Paul Robeson Jr. came to the WNYC studios to share rare recordings from his father's influential life and singing career.
Monday, April 21, 2014
On the first Earth Day - that would be April 22, 1970 - Mayor John V. Lindsay implores New Yorkers to be more thoughtful with their parking.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The year is 1971. Manhattan's Fur District is booming and Mad Men's Don Draper is about to enter a decade of possibilities (or not).