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Watch: Jim Lange Signs Off 'Classical Music' with a Surprise


West Virginia Public Broadcasting radio host Jim Lange is known for a lot of things: host of Classical Music as well as being the host of the mind-expanding, genre-bending Eclectopia.

To those who work with him at the station and, undoubtedly, others elsewhere, he’s known as an armchair therapist and philosopher. The kind of guy that can talk endlessly about seemingly anything. Regardless of what he’s doing or discussing, Jim does it with consummate professionalism and grace.

Much to his fans and coworkers’ bittersweet mix of emotions, Friday marked his last regular shift hosting Classical Music on our airwaves, as Jim is leaving as a full time employee.

(Never fear, Eclectopia will remain.)

But, he signed off his daytime show with a bit of surprise–exiting on King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” from their debut record In the Court of the Crimson King. 

If you know Jim, his love for the prog rock giants is unparalleled. His insight into them is comparable, if not greater. 


And here’s Jim’s final moments on the show:


“It had to be done. It was righteous,” Jim said as he walked out of the studio. “It was on the side of right.”

There is little question, Jim.