Jim has a Master's Degree in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. His BA is in Music Education from West Liberty University.
He joined West Virginia Public Radio in 1998, working part-time on Sunday nights. This developed into original programming called Sunday Nights with Jim Lange. Around 2002, this became Eclectopia- a program that has become a WVPR staple.
Recently, a kind listener, called Jim "the mad scientist of cool music."
In 2007, he became host/producer of Classical Music with Jim Lange. He is also host/producer of Symphony of Ideas- a co-production with maestro Grant Cooper and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He is responsible for both Classically Speaking and EclecTopia blogs.
He has interviewed classical greats such as John Eliot Gardiner. Joshua Bell, Hans Zimmer, George Crumb, Simone Dinnerstein, Erich Kunzel and many others.
In contemporary music, he has interviewed and produced shows about David Sylvian, Bill Bruford, Ralph Towner (2014) and jazz author Joe Goldberg.
Writing music, playing the guitar, taking pictures and the occasional written word piece amuses Jim to no end. His wife tolerates his discursive interests and scatterbrained lifestyle.
In 2013, Jim helped form Terra Firma, a group interested in contemporary music of an eclectic nature. Local musical luminaries such as David Porter, Ryan Kennedy, Lisa Peery, John Ingrahm and Scott Milam are the current lineup.
Terra Firma premiered his sextet, "Brambles and Briers," as part of Kanawha United Presbyterian Church's Kanawha Forum in April of 2014. People seemed to like it.
In September of this year, the Velvet Brothers, a band he was in long ago, had a twenty year reunion. People seemed to enjoy themselves.
His greatest accomplishment and that which gives his life real meaning is his loving wife, Beverly, who tolerates him. They have been married for 21 glorious years. She is a saint for doing this.