Fridays 10pm & Saturdays 11pm

From the Greek, ekekltikos meaning to select, and topia meaning place, Eclectopia is the place for eclectic contemporary music. Now celebrating its 18th year on the air, it was the first of its kind on WVPB. After years on Sunday, a very slow night for radio, it has been moved to a prominent Friday at 10 slot, following Mountain Stage. Rebroadcast is Saturdays at 11pm.

One kind listener remarked that host Jim Lange is "the mad scientist of cool music." Josh Gaffin, of WTSQ, remarked, "When I first moved here from New York, I was glad to know something this cool existed."

New logo by Ian Bode.

Ways to Connect

The Boys Are Back

Jul 1, 2014
Tony Levin. Used by permission.

Never say never, especially in the world of King Crimson.  

My Lithium Sunset

Jun 30, 2014
Jim Lange

Whatever our homes say about us, mine is one that is filled with sound.

We reside in an area two blocks from the bridge and a stone's throw from the busiest avenue in the city.

CAMC, our neighbors, is building a new cancer center across the street. All the while demolishing buildings, one row over from us, to "put up a parking lot."


VH1's Behind the Music is always fun to watch. You can revel in the personal struggles of the band and cheer on the comebacks, but the real reason we watch is simple. We love when the narrator begins the segment with, "and then it all went horribly wrong." That's the point when the featured band begins to implode, explode and generally go sideways into an oak tree. A pure case of schadenfreude.

Don't Meet Your Heroes

Jun 16, 2014

"Expectation is a prison." ~ Robert Fripp

Literary giant T.S. Eliot was a fan of comedic genius Groucho Marx and vice versa.

It is thought that expectations of one another thawed what could have been a spectacular meeting of the minds.

This BBC special is part history and part speculation about their friendship. King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk created this work as well as the music.

Jim lange

Walking into Roger Morillo's shop in St. Albans, you cannot help but feel a tinge of excitement. 

Here is a place where not only valuable instrument repair is done, but it's also where Roger makes his own basses and guitars. This is the proverbial "kid in a candy store" for a guy like me.


Special moments-performances which transcend the medium in which they are presented. Perhaps this is what we seek: those consummate performances that makes everyone smile and feel good.

Last night, on Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined together to perform a Funkadelic cover. It was, to be sure, a display of tightness, fury, exuberance and energy that I have not seen on TV in a long, long time. Forget the Hammies, this was for real. A burning, blazing performance. Unreal.

The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.

She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.

Go to These Concerts

Apr 22, 2014

Feeling cabin fever? Post winter blues?

Then get out of the house to see these concerts:

Be a cross-cultural traveler when you go hear Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Indian Classical Vocalist.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)

Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Tanmay Deochake (Harmonium)

India Center – Charleston, WV

Admission: $ 15 advance or $ 20 at the door

(Children under 16 = Free)

Supporter’s Dinner Before the Event

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.          $ 50.00 Per Person (includes the program)

Who's That Guy?

Apr 17, 2014
Josh Saul

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't." ~Hamlet

"Who's that guy with the wild eyes? I want to meet him."

That's a quote from a friend of mine who finds my Facebook pictures of David McClanahan most amusing.

First, a clarification: there are two David McClanahans who work here. One of them is known as Engineer Dave and the second is the mighty Mailroom Dave.

Artist Travis Morton's work is very distinctive. 

Look at several of his works and a pattern emerges. Actually, several patterns emerge and permutate within a recognizable parameter. The DNA, the thumbprint: that's how I see an artist's style.

Used by permission.

To "refreshify" those weary minds out there, over the past few years, I have developed some rather intense back issues. My lower back is an animal I have to constantly monitor and never dare risk injuring. It will lock up and leave me unable to move. Well, once I hobble to the couch, I lay there perfectly still because any movement is sheer agony.

The other issue has been an extension of my back issues and no doubt of unknown issues that have caused a tremor in my right arm. This directly impacts my guitar playing - something I've been devoted to for nearly forty years.


Many things are taught on Robert Fripp's guitar courses, but one cannot imagine that defensive tactics against scorpions is one of them. Saints preserve us!

I had to point out this most unexpected entry in the RF diary:

Jim Lange

"Life without the morning sitting is like trying to walk without legs. This is the beginning, the foundation, of strengthening personal presence. If we are absent, then life is all stuff. Nothing real happens;" ~ Robert Fripp

"And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating... ~ TS Eliot

After music, I love the graphic arts, photography, film and almost any variation thereof.

Graphic artists, like Ian Bode, fascinate me. I am not filled with envy, but with wonder at their ability to transform a blank canvas or an ordinary sheet of paper into something living, thought-provoking or transformative. How on earth do they do it?


Watching the CBS Beatles' 50th anniversary special, several things came to mind.

The first being how much I miss John Lennon. Even when I was 5 years-old, Lennon was one I liked the best. Maybe it was infectious enthusiasm. Or maybe I just dug those sideburns.

Jim Lange

We begin again, constantly.~ Robert Fripp

Pain is a powerful motivation.

The pain I am experiencing is causing me to re-evaluate many things. Pain areas, specifically my back, are causing me some alarm. Each movement, even remotely involving bending forward, or a wrong twist at the hips, is carefully considered because any wrong turn could send electric-like shocks through my back that cause subsequent immobility.

Flutist Lindsey Goodman is full of energy.

When I called her a dynamo, at first she looked puzzled, but I explained that I meant that she was full of enthusiasm, energy and drive. Just hearing about her performing and teaching schedule makes me want to take a nap.

But she is more than just a person with enthusiasm. She is a professional musician on a mission. This mission is her passion since she was 18 years old. Her mission is contemporary music.

Oh, the Hipsters Lie!

Jan 14, 2014

Music snobbery comes in many forms, but it operates under two basic principles.

The first is that a hipster assumes that they know about bands you couldn't possible know about and therefore you are much less hip than they. Secondly, once everyone knows about a band, their music or their "hipness," is no longer viable as they have "gone commercial."

Jimmy Kimmel has done a social experiment. When a camera and a mic are present, what will they say when asked about fictional bands?

The result is a scream:

Run For the Cover(s)!

Jan 5, 2014
RealWorld Records

To cover a song is not to copy it note for note or sound for sound. This is just mimicry, not artistry. An artist has to find their own voice within the song and doing so, create a successful reinterpretation. In turn, we learn something new.

Icy Music

Dec 2, 2013
Wikimedia Commons

Percussionists- let's tip our hats to them.

Drummers, per se, have been the butt of many a joke over the years, but the percussionist, a slightly more subtle animal, has to be given kudos. They have been a major force in moving music forward since the early part of the 20th century.

SIDEBAR: A drummer, in the most confined definition, is someone who plays a kit, a drum set. A percussionist, by my own definition, is someone who plays a wide variety of percussion instruments. That's the distinction for me. No emails, thanks.

Sting Goes Broadway

Sep 19, 2013
Yancho Sabev

  Sting is a musical icon of mine. That being stated, it pains me to recognize that his solo work is a largely uneven affair ranging from the sublime to the outright dreadful. The first couple of albums were full of fire and conviction. Listen to those albums and Sting sounds like he's singing for his life.