WVPB Radio Host to Step Down from “Classical Music with Jim Lange”


West Virginia Public Broadcasting host Jim Lange is stepping down from his full-time job as host of “Classical Music with Jim Lange” at the end of this month.

Lange will remain at WVPB part-time and will continue to produce his popular music show “Eclectopia.” He says he is cutting back on his work schedule for personal reasons.

Lange has been at the station for nearly two decades, starting out as a part-time weekend announcer.

“I felt like I brought a down-to-earth and fun approach to serious music,” Lange said.

WVPB Director of Radio Kristi George says one of Lange’s best attributes is his quirky sense-of-humor. “We look forward to sharing more of Jim’s creativity in the future,” she said.

Lange says he greatly appreciates the kind comments from listeners over the years and maintains, “You’ll still hear me, but not as frequently.

To adjust for the loss of  “Classical Music with Jim Lange,” WVPB will make some adjustments to the radio schedule. The popular international news program “BBC Newshour” will air 9-10 a.m. weekdays. “Newshour” is BBC World Service’s flagship international news and current affairs radio program, with news bulletins, international interviews and in-depth reports of world news.

Performance Today will shift an hour later, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at noon. Classical music will continue until 3 p.m. weekdays.