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

Ways to Connect

If you missed Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me this past weekend, you missed a Rhode Island story featured in the "lightning fill-in-the-blank" segment.

It's everyone's favorite story from last week about a press conference for a Cranston Senior Center. If you missed the segment, you can listen to it right here.

You can hear the entire episode at the NPR website.

Aaron Read / RIPR

August 26, 2015

Media Contact:
James Baumgartner

Rhode Island Public Radio, the NPR Member Station for Rhode Island, is the only Bicycle Friendly Business in the Ocean State.

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) with a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, joining more than 1,000 visionary businesses from across the country.


Office of the Press Secretary

April 23, 2015


South Lawn

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Welcome to the White House.  Please have a seat.  And, well, maybe before you have a seat, give it up for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots!  (Applause.)  All right, now you can have a seat.

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.

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.

Aaron Read puzzles over the new NPR clocks
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.

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

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).

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

BBC World Service

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.

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.

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.


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.

Our new weekend schedule starts on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

New programs are in bold. Descriptions and examples of new shows can be found here.

Current programs that have moved to a new time are in italics.


Rhode Island Public Radio is bringing eight exciting new shows to the weekend. Starting March 1st, tune in for some of the best new shows in the public radio world. You'll still be able to hear your favorites like Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, This American Life, and Car Talk, and we think these new shows will bring some new perspectives and ideas to your weekend. We've also changed the time of some of the weekend shows in order to bring them to more people.