James Baumgartner

Operations & Production Manager

As Operations & Production Manager, James handles everything from on-air promotions to producing the pledge drive. If you have a question about a program or story you heard on RIPR, he will be happy to talk to you about it.

Before joining RIPR, James served as administration manager for CJSR 88.5 FM, a community radio station in Edmonton, Canada, where he also hosted a weekly music program. He got his start in radio during his graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he hosted a weekly electronic music program on WRPI in Troy, NY.

James holds a Bachelor of Music from Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer. He enjoys cycling and singing Sacred Harp Music.

James manages the station's twitter account: @RINPR


Programming Announcement
10:31 am
Fri January 9, 2015

New program "Invisibilia" starts Sunday, January 11

Take a glimpse into a world you can’t see with Invisibilia a new program starting Sunday, January 11th, at 4:00 PM. Invisibilia is about the unseen forces that shape human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts. The one-hour show, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning “all the invisible things,” is produced by NPR’s award-winning Science Desk. The show will air as a 6-week pilot. BBC Newshour will return to the Sunday 4:00 PM time slot starting Sunday, February 22.

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11:39 am
Wed January 7, 2015

RIPR General Manager, Joe O'Connor to leave at the end of January

Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) announced today that Joe O'Connor, General Manager, will leave his current position at the end of January to be the General Manager of WFAE 90.7FM and President of the University Radio Foundation in Charlotte, NC.

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Engineer's Corner - Programming Announcement
4:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

TheEC: New NPR Clocks

Your Intrepid Engineer attempts to puzzle out the new NPR clocks.
Credit Dave Fallon RIPR

Starting on Monday Nov.17th, the clocks for Morning Edition, All Things Considered (both weekdays and weekends) and Weekend Edition  will be changing.  

Today's Engineer's Corner is co-authored with our Operations & Production Manager, James Baumgartner.  He and I are the ones directly responsible for organizing all the clock changes' impact on Rhode Island Public Radio, and we've put together this synopsis of what the changes mean for our listeners.

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4:52 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Fall Gala 2014 Video

Thank you to everyone who attended our Fall Gala on September 22, 2014.

Here's our RIPR Gala Video. Enjoy!

Video edited by Richard Goulis

Pledge Drive Thank-You Gift
11:11 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

RIPR Artist-Designed T-Shirt

The 2014 Limited Edition Artist T-Shirt has arrived, just in time for our upcoming pledge drive. Make your gift now to ensure we don't run out before you get yours!

This unique shirt was designed by local artist and RIPR fan, Asher Schofield from Frog andToad in Providence, and is available only by making a donation to Rhode Island Public Radio.

The T-shirts are 100% cotton and come in sizes from Small to XXL

You can pick up a T-shirt with your $120 donation (or become a sustainer at $10 per month).

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2:46 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Rhode Island Public Radio Night at Flatbread!

On Tuesday September 2, Flatbread Company in Providence will be donating $3.50 from each large flatbread and $1.75 from each small flatbread to Rhode Island Public Radio. This support will help keep on-air fundraising to a minimum and help us bring more of the news you need. Join us for dinner between 4:30 and 9:00 pm to show your support. While you are there, make sure to pick up a free tote bag or bumper sticker. We'll also have our newest artist-designed t-shirt available for an introductory price.

Date: September 2, 2014

Time: 4:30 - 9:00 PM

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Programming Announcement
10:20 am
Fri August 1, 2014

More International News On Rhode Island Public Radio

Credit BBC

NPR ended production of Tell Me More on August 1st. We're sorry to see this great program come to an end, but we're glad to learn that host Michel Martin will continue at NPR. Her reporting will be part of Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as online and at public events. With the end of Tell Me More, we have an opportunity to bring more international news to our weekday line-up.

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CPB Report
3:27 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Annual CPB Report: 2013

In compliance with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, this page includes part of Rhode Island Public Radio's response to the annual questions from the CPB.

Q1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.

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2:14 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

The Moth: Adam Savage on being a dad in the age of Internet Pornography

One of the shows in our weekend line-up is The Moth Radio Hour. It features stories told in front of a live audience. Here's Adam Savage from Mythbusters talking about his anxiety raising two boys. You can hear The Moth on Saturdays at 9:00 PM and Sundays at 11:00 AM.

Winter Weather
10:22 am
Tue February 18, 2014

What's Open, What's Closed Due to Snowstorms


Real-time updates for weather-related school, road and event closings!  A service provided by the RI Broadcasters Association and Rhode Island Public Radio.

You can also send the RIPR newsroom tips and info at news@ripr.org or call (401)351-2244, and follow us on Twitter @RINPR for additional news updates.

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