Jim Engster


Every weekday Jim engages listeners with compelling discussions ranging from presidential and gubernatorial campaigns to LSU football and the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Isaac.

Jim serves as president of the Louisiana Radio Network and Tiger Rag Magazine. He's hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003 and The Jim Engster Show on the Louisiana Radio Network, previously on WRKF.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Jim has interviewed nine Louisiana governors and has reported on every gubernatorial election since 1975. He has also shared the microphone with leaders of other states including Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Jerry Brown of California and Jesse Ventura of Minnesota.

Writers Ernest Gaines, Rex Reed and Immaculee’ Ilabagiza and two actresses who spent much of their youth in the Baton Rouge area---Debbie Allen and Lynn Whitfield -- are some of Jim’s favorite interviewees.

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Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the homestretch of the Regular Legislative Session. WAFB Capitol Reporter Kevin Frey on covering the Capitol and his move to Washington D.C. Former New Orleans Jazz President Fred Rosenfeld on the continuing legacy of Pistol Pete Maravich.

Larry Carter, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, comments on teachers having guns and pay raises for educators.Deanna Wallace, Director of Legal Communications of Americans United for Life, on the federal judicial appointment of Louisiana’s Kyle Duncan, who was approved on a 50-47 vote yesterday by the U.S. Senate. Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King on violence, race and justice lost in the Jim Crow Era. King’s latest book is about a 1957 murder in Florida: “Beneath a Ruthless Son.”

LSU-Shreveport Political Scientist Jeff Sadow and former state lawmaker Melissa Flournoy of Shreveport square off on the political turns in Baton Rouge and the Beltway. Senator Sharon Hewitt explains her support for legislation regulating Uber and Lyft in Louisiana. Writer Michael Lennon recaps the contributions to the 60s of the controversial Norman Mailer.

Baton Rouge Actor Louis Herthum on the second season for “Westworld.” Herthum is in the cast for the award winning HBO presentation. Melanie Bronfin of the Child Care Assistance Program on perilous funding for the program for working parents seeking child care and educational assistance. Max Lugavere on genius foods. The health science journalist says we can become smarter, happier and more productive by what we eat.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon on insurance issues as hurricane season approaches. Ellen Meacham, author of “Delta Epiphany,” on Robert Kennedy’s odyssey through Mississippi in 1967. Producer Carol Bidault previews tonight’s showing of “Cut Off’ at the Louisiana International Film Festival.

Pictured: Jim Donelon

Michael Henderson of the LSU Public Policy Institute reviews sentiments of Louisiana residents on an array of issues. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate, assesses the Regular Legislative Session. Jason Allen details the offerings at the Louisiana International Film Festival.

Brain Czech, president and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, discusses why he believes global economic growth is contributing to biodiversity loss, climate change and resource wars. Czech is proposing an alternative economic model. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser comments on the death of legendary political consultant Gus Weill and offers his prescription for repairing Louisiana roads. Abigail Gardner of the Value of Water Campaign contends that Americans want federal spending on Water infrastructure. Clint Arthur, public speaking guru, on the importance of communication effectively before an audience. 

Dr. Mark Heiman, LSU graduate, who is recognized as one the pioneering researchers about the GI microbiome. Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, on his career, his appearance at LSU tonight and his assessment of President Trump’s press secretaries. Maya Washington, filmmaker on her work “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” about the integration of the Michigan State football team in 1963. Roy Martin, president of a major lumber firm in Alexandria, on his work with the Salvation Army and the Fourth Annual Shield of Hope Gala.

Baton Rouge Symphony Conductor Tim Muffitt on a major performance this week from BRSO. LSU President King Alexander and Director Alexander Shebanow on the film “Fail State” which is showing this week at the Louisiana International Film Festival. Kris Cangelosi on the annual Baton Rouge version of Dancing With The Stars. General Russel Honore on the Green Army’s legislative agenda.

Speaker Pro Tem of the Louisiana House Walt Leger on the regular session progress and his induction into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. Chris Brooks on the Baton Rouge Blues Fest and Eliott Estelle on the Louisiana International Film Festival. Actor Billy Slaughter on his performance in two films at LIFF. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the week that was at the State Capitol.

Pictured: Eliott Estelle