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

Retired LSU Mass Communications Dean Jerry Ceppos comments on the state of journalism in America and the perception about fake news.

Writer Ken Jennings on his book “Planet Funny, How Comedy Took Over Our Culture.”


Pictured: Jerry Ceppos



Dr. Gene Mills, President of the Louisiana Family Forum since its inception 20 years ago, scores the performances of President Trump, Governor Edwards, and the Louisiana Legislature and reflects on the U.S. Supreme Court decision this week allowing a baker to discriminate by declining to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds.

Actress Ann Harris and Swine Palace spokesman Vastine Stabler on the production of “Patsy Cline.” (Pictured)

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the conclusion of the late night special session and what it means about the state’s budget.

Executive Director of the Center for Planning Excellence Camille Manning Broom on watershed management and flood control in Louisiana.

LSU economist, Jim Richardson, who is part of the influential panel that tells the legislature that tells how much money is coming into the state and Council for a Better Louisiana's Barry Erwin on their predictions of what will happen on today's special session. 

Mississippi native George Mulvaney on his debut book, "Cups Up: How I Organized a Klavern, Plotted a Coup, Survived Prison, Graduated College, Fought Polluters, and Started a Business." 

Author David Campt on his appearance in Baton Rouge and BR Area Chamber of Commerce President Adam Knapp. They will talk about the importance of dialogue in addressing divisions along racial lines. Smiley Anders, columnist for The Advocate, reminisces about 39 years of writing his six day per week column.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon on the perils of hurricane season and a large percentage of Louisiana residents without flood insurance.

LSU History Professor Alecia Long on the parallels between Huey Long and Donald Trump and their conflict with media coverage.


Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the coming collision of wills between the House and Senate over the fiscal cliff.


Pictured: Alecia Long



Raegan Carter of Smoke Free EBR on the new anti-smoking ordinance which takes effect on June 1. Singer Rusty Yates on years of performing in smoke-filled rooms. Best-selling health author Nancy Addison on her move to Baton Rouge and the link between diet and diabetes.

University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson on the perils of funding for higher education. Sadie Wilks and Amanda Rabalais on the Manship School Bateman Competition success. Carl Zimmer, NY Times Science writer, on the power of heredity.



Larry Carter, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, on an LFT survey about teacher pay and collective bargaining.

Dan Borne, historian, and former public servant, on the 100thbirthday anniversary of former Louisiana Governor John McKeithen and the 200th birthday of PGT Beauregard.





Former state lawmaker Troy Hebert and Southeastern Louisiana University Professor Dayne Sherman on the continuing impasse on the budget in Louisiana and the first 70 weeks of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Public Affairs Research Council Robert Travis Scott on the prospect of yet another Special Session. There have already been six in the 28 months of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Julie Schwam Harris, Co-Chair Legislative Agenda for Women, commented on the implications of the budget impasse at the State Capitol.