John Passmore is the Archives Manager at WNYC.
John Passmore is an archivist and media conservator from New York City. He is currently the Archives Manager at New York Public Radio where he manages the preservation and restoration of historic audio recordings. Prior to NYPR, John worked with a number of major museums and galleries on the restoration, exhibition, and acquisition of archival audiovisual artwork. John has also worked at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, has been a studio and touring musician, and regularly serves as a video inspector and film repair specialist at international film festivals. Lately, his work is increasingly focused on optical media preservation and to the potential of 3D printing to rescue archives from hardware obsolesce.
John Passmore appears in the following:
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The 1960s 'packaging revolution' brought with it some creative clothing ideas as well as heaps of trash.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Dating apps making you anxious? Try these 1960s matchmaking algorithms!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Mayor John Lindsay responds to the arrest of Water Commissioner James Marcus for taking kickbacks from the mob.
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.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Isn't it nice to know the subway always had delays?
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?