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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 been on the air for over a decade and has a fiercely loyal following.
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.
In 2013, Jim helped form the Terra Firma Ensemble, 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. It received a standing ovation.
Realizing that music and mind-body connectivity are a lifelong study, Jim started Skype guitar lessons with Tony Geballe- a longtime student of Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft. He also studies Alexander Technique with Sandra Bain Cushman.
His greatest accomplishment and that which gives his life real meaning is his loving wife, Beverly, who tolerates his discursive lifestyle. They have been married for 21 glorious years.