Frank Barnett

Fill-In Host

Frank is a native Houstonian. He relocated to Baton Rouge to attend LSU where he earned a communications degree. After working in the film industry for three years as a production assistant, he decided to make the switch to radio and could not be happier with his decision.

After getting his start at WRKF as an intern in 2013, Frank is now a member of the WRKF news team.

He enjoys reading (especially Stephen King and Ray Bradburry), fishing, and of course, watching movies.

A Man and His Tiger

Sep 25, 2015
Frank Barnett, WRKF

The big question about LSU’s Mike the Tiger lately has been: "Will he ever go to another football game?" Personally, I've always wondered: "What does he do all day?"

Frank Barnett, WRKF

Driving down Capitol Heights in Mid-City a few weeks back, I saw a sign in front of a house. It was...a colorful sign, to say the least, and what it said intrigued me: "Live Music - Friday - 6:30 to 8:30." I decided to check it out, and what I found was not what I expected.

“It’s a neighborhood event,"  said David Henson, leader of the Adult Music Club of Baton Rouge. "It’s not really like a music venue, like a club show or anything like that where there’s going to be a crowd of rowdy people, or anything like that; but I do like (it) – this is a pretty good little house.”

Frank Barnett, WRKF

Make cookies and cakes at home and you can sell them without a health inspection of your kitchen. Ahead of this season, cane syrup was added to the list of foods Louisiana deems “low-risk”.

Frank Barnett, WRKF


Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former coastal chief Garrett Graves was the top Republican finisher in the 6th Congressional District race on Tuesday. While he was celebrating at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, State Sen. Dan Claitor, another Republican contender, was at a friend's house having gumbo.

 Entertainment writer for The Advocate, John Wirt, joins us in studio as our first guest this morning to discuss the release of his first book, the biography of Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues. John will be at the Louisiana Book Festival this Saturday, November 1st, and he and Jim discuss what you can expect to find at the Book Fest.

Former MLB pitcher and the last man to win 30 games in one season, Denny McLain joins us as the day's second guest. He and Jim discuss the San Francisco Giants third World Series Championship in five years, and the performance by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. They also get Denny's opinion on the DH; they compare the pitchers of today with the pitchers of yesteryear; and much, much more.

Louisiana native and world renowned author Ernest J. Gaines continues where Denny left off and reminisces with Jim about being in San Francisco the day the Giants moved from New York. Gaines tells Jim that he loved San Francisco and California, but that his heart was always in Louisiana. And tomorrow, on the Capitol grounds in Baton Rouge, Ernest J. Gaines will be at the Louisiana Book Festival.

Rabbi Barry Weinstein closes out the show today with Jim as both a spiritual advisor, listener, guest, and friend.

Biographer Leo Honeycutt is with us on his birthday this morning to discuss the release of his upcoming biography Nice Guy Finishes First: The Clarke Williams Story. Leo's biography tells the story of how Clarke took over his parents Oak Ridge Telephone company after serving in WWII, and turned it into today's third largest network provider in the country: CenturyLink.

Suzanne Terrell, the former elections commissioner and U.S. Senate candidate, joins us as our second guest this morning. In 2002 Suzie lost to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in a December runoff, and today she talks with Jim about the need for more female politicians in Louisiana politics.

Also, here to follow up on Mark Ballard's article written in The Advocate concerning Bill Cassidy's lakefront home in Baton Rouge is local attorney and realtor Steve Myers. Steve closes out the show today with Jim to discuss property taxes, property tax exemptions, and much more.

The LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication hosted a final debate Wednesday, Oct. 29, between the top three contenders in Louisiana's Senate race on Nov. 4.

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the YWCA-USA, and Jennifer Shoub, CEO of the YWCA Baton Rouge, both join us in studio for the first segment of today's show. From the abolition of slavery to equal and fare minimum wages, the YWCA has worked 156 years to end racism and empower women, and today they discuss their efforts to end domestic violence in Louisiana communities and the country.

Mark Ballard, the Editor of the Capitol News Bureau for The Advocate, is with us to discuss the possible candidate runoffs we could see after November 4th, and what the housing situation is with most of the candidates running for office. With the big fuss being made over U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's official residency status, Mark addressed the broader issue and wrote an article discussing the houses of all of the major candidates. 

Also, Southern University Law Center Vice Chancellor John Pierre and National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes are with us for the last portion of today's show to discuss the upcoming Wiley A. Branton Symposium at the Southern University Law Center on October 30th & 31st. The event marks the 25th Anniversary of the National Bar Association's Symposium, and the main topic will be focusing on education as the new civil right. For more info, visit

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne is currently attending a series of town hall meetings to promote Louisiana tourism, and he joins from the road this morning to discuss the upcoming 11th annual Louisiana Book Festival. The La. Book Fest is an event Jay had pushed for for years, and on Novemeber 1st at the Louisiana State Capitol grounds from 10:00am-5:00pm, more than 100 different authors will be in attendance. The event is open and free to the public, and for more info visit

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in Baton Rouge today and he joins Jim in studio to talk about the upcoming elections and more. Mitch talks to Jim about how Louisiana politicians should put "Louisiana first" if they're going to run for office, and he tells Jim that he believes his sister U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu does exactly that. He also expresses his concerns of another hurricane coming to Louisiana in the future; the possibility of a light rail train between New Orleans and Baton Rouge; and much, much more.

Also, Virginia Johnson, the Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre Harlem, joins us briefly to discuss her upcoming performance and trip to Baton Rouge. For more info, visit

  State Treasurer John Kennedy joins us this morning to discuss the recent news of a budget surplus. Governor Bobby Jindal's administration and the Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols say the state has $179 million surplus, but State Treasurer John Kennedy disagrees. For one thing, Kennedy wonders where this money came from; according to his numbers, the state in fact should have a $41 million deficit at the moment. Kennedy says he "hopes we have a surplus," but fears the state is pretending we do.  

Also, Andrew Muhl the Advocacy Director for Louisiana AARP is with us for the last segment today to discuss AARP's interest in Amendments I and II which are on the upcoming November 4th ballot, and why the AARP wants folks to vote 'No'. Andrew talks about how Amendments I & II are being advertised as a "package" but are in fact very different. He says Amendment I will make it harder for seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their own home and receive care there; and how Amendment II protects powerful companies from cuts which the AARP feels the state should not be doing.

  • Amendment I: Do you support an amendment to prohibit monies in the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from being used or appropriated for other purposes when adjustments are made to eliminate a state deficit?
  • Amendment II: Do you support an amendment to create the Hospital Stabilization Fund to stabilize and protect Medicaid reimbursements for health care services by depositing assessments paid by hospitals, as authorized by the legislature, into a fund to support Louisiana hospital reimbursement?