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.

Ways to Connect

Emad Nofal with the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge talks with us about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Trump travel ban. Nofal addresses the challenges of being a Muslim in the United States.

Entertainers Rusty Yates and Tom Aswell give us opposing views on a smoking ban proposal before the Baton Rouge Metro Council. A vote is expected Wednesday on whether to ban smoking in bars and casinos in Baton Rouge.


Jonathan Goldsmith gained fame late in life as "the most interesting man in the world." Goldsmith talks about his past life as a garbage truck driver in the Bronx and as a small-time actor who learned his craft with Dustin Hoffman.

Quin Hilyer

Today we're talking to political writers. Quin Hillyer of the American Spectator and Lamar White of Bayou Brief reflect from different sides of the political spectrum on President Donald Trump's chances of convincing the U.S. Senate to pass health care reform this week.


Phillip Manuel talks about his upcoming appearance on stage at LSU on Thursday night. Manuel is a New Orleans legend.

Dan Borne talk on the legacy of basketball great Pete Maravich, who would have been 70 years old on Thursday. The LSU and college basketball scoring king died at age 40 of heart failure.


Meteorologist Jeff Huffman, with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, updates us on the latest developments pertaining to the diminishing Tropical Storm Cindy.

Anne Helen Peterson joins us to talk about what she calls the rise and reign of the unruly woman, outlined in her latest book.

Roy Fletcher is a political consultant. He joins us to talk about the significance of the outcome of the recent special election for a Georgia U.S. House seat.

Jan Kasofsky and Jan Laughinghouse of Capital Area Human Services talk with us about the drug abuse epidemic in Baton Rouge.