James first introduced himself to KPAC listeners at midnight on April 8, 1993, presenting Dvorak's 7th Symphony played by the Cleveland Orchestra. Soon after, he became the regular overnight announcer on KPAC.
If pressed to describe himself, James will say he is a musician who hosts classical music, For over 40 years, he has worked as a professional French horn player, holding posts in the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, the oldest orchestra in Mexico. He has held the Principal Horn position in the Mid Texas Symphony for the past 20 years.
To find James when he's not at the station, look for him running the streets of San Antonio with his three rescued border collies; he is an avid marathoner.
James was the long-time host of Itinerarios, a weekly program of music with Latin-American roots, Listener's Choice, KPAC's request show, and for over 10 years co-hosted with Ron Moore Alternate Routes, KPAC's program of contemporary music.
Put together over a century of music, anything from 1900 to the present and two musical friends who have been listening to music together for over a quarter century, and you have the basic ingredients for Alternate Routes, KPAC's program of contemporary music. Expect the unexpected, an eclectic blend of the foundation pieces of contemporary music with music which argues for a different view of modernism in music.
Itinerarios was a weekly two-hour radio program featuring music and musicians from throughout Latin America. Music by the acknowledged masters of Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean Islands was presented in a free-flowing session which also features performers with Latin American affiliations.
These world class artists bring a distinctive interpretive power to the music of Latin America, and the great body of European music. A typical edition of Itinerarios might place an interpretation of Beethoven played by the Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio alongside the guitar music of Paraguayan composer Augustín Barrios performed by the Welsh guitarist David Russell.