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 Broadcasting in 1998, workingin radio 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 WVPB staple.
Recently, a kind listener, called Jim "the mad scientist of cool music."
From 2007 until 2015, he became host/producer of Classical Music with Jim Lange. He has also produced Symphony of Ideas- a co-production with maestro Grant Cooper and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He has blogged in both Classically Speaking and EclecTopia.
Jim 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.
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.
Not long ago, 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 has given his life real meaning is his marriage to Beverly. Jim notes she is a saint for having tolerated him for over two decades.