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, working in 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." Josh Gaffin, an NY native and host of The Afternoon Show on WTSQ, recently commented, "When I first heard your show, I thought thank goodness something this cool is on the air."
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 Tim Fain.
In contemporary music, he has interviewed and produced shows about David Sylvian, Bill Bruford, Ralph Towner (2014) and jazz author Joe Goldberg.
Recent interviews include Josh Kaler of Hula Hi-Fi, Peter Chilvers (software designer with Brian Eno), Tristen Gaspadarak and the band Joseph.
The guitar, of the classical variety, has been his faithful companion for nearly 50 years. Composing is also a passion. Hobbies include cycling, hiking, yoga and fitness.