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: @RIPR

Ways to Connect

Poetry On The Air

Apr 27, 2018

Poetry On The Air is part of the first-ever Providence Poetry Festival, a city-wide collaboration between Rhode Island Public Radio, the Providence Public Library, Books on the Square, the Providence Athenaeum, Moses Brown School, and others.  A full listing of events is available here.

OSM New Bedford forum
RIPR Aaron Read

Before he pleaded guilty to flouting federal catch limits and smuggling money, Carlos Rafael, nicknamed "the Codfather," controlled the largest groundfishing fleet that sailed out of New Bedford. How are the city’s fishing industries moving forward after the trial? What does the future hold for groundfishing and other fisheries? What are the biggest promises and challenges? What lessons can be learned from Carlos Rafael?

Exciting changes are coming to your weekend program lineup on RIPR. The new shows will bring humor, insights and inspiration to your listening. The changes will take place on August 5th and 6th.

NEW SHOW: Planet Money, Sunday at 6:00 AM – This popular segment from NPR is now a half-hour program. Planet Money explains the economy with playful storytelling and deep dives on things like the bail system in New Jersey, how to explain the federal budget in 10 minutes, and the economic benefits of changing your mind.

If you watch Cox Cable in the next few weeks, you may see some of your favorite Rhode Island Public Radio reporters and hosts featured in a TV ad. We're running on a variety of cable channels so that we can reach as many people as possible. If you miss the ads on the air, you can see them all right here:

You'll hear stories from the Providence StoryCorps sessions throughout the coming year!

Join NPR’s Generation Listen and Rhode Island Public Radio for a special LIVE Listening Party and Broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition. We’re talking politics with host Steve Inskeep at RISD's Fleet Library.

Become a part of the most listened-to weekday show in the country as Steve explores the question: How does where you live define what you need from your government? Reporting stories from the week leading up to the broadcast will dig into what matters to voters, and how much the land, the streets, and the cities where they live impact their experience.

Make your appointment to interview someone you know in the StoryCorps MobileBooth.

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Providence from June 23, 2016 to July 29, 2016 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected over 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.

You’re Invited!

The Rhode Island Public Radio Community Advisory Board invites you to attend a Public Forum

Wednesday, April 27th, 6:00-7:30PM, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903

As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure we’re serving the public, we will be hosting a public forum to gather feedback from listeners (and non-listeners) on how we’re doing.

This is an opportunity to let us know what you like and what you don’t like, provide feedback on specific news stories and let us know what issues are important to you.

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