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

Journalist Maxine Crump talks about her experience this past year after learning her ancestors were sold as slaves by Georgetown University in 1838.


Mayor Gerard Landry of Denham Springs updates on his city's recovery from the historic flooding of 2016 one year late.

Mayor Landry says 77 percent of the structures in Denham Springs received severe flood damage. We check in with landry for the latest on the recovery in Denham Springs.


Daniel Mintz talks with us about the new food studies program at Loyola University. The university has established a new bachelor's degree program in food studies beginning this fall.

16-year-old Baton Rouge resident Alyssa Carson is an aspiring astronaut who aims to become the youngest person in space. Carson is involved in a NASA program and wants to be involved in colonizing Marse in 2033.

Today we speak with award-winning author and attorney Michael Rubin of Baton Rouge about his latest book, "Cashed Out."

Music and film critic John Wirt remembers Glen Campbell. Campbell died Tuesday as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Campbell was known for his series of music hits a few decades ago and his television variety program that aired for three years through 1972.


Former state lawmaker Ben Bagert, a Republican, and Democrat Lamar White, publisher of Bayou Brief, discuss President Donald Trump and North Korea.


New Orleans author Ladee Hubbard talks about her debut novel "The Talented Ribkins." Hubbard has received positive reviews, including this endorsement from writer Toni Morrison: "For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard's original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself."

East Baton Rouge Councilman Matt Watson talks about the expected Metro Council vote tonight on a smoking ban for bars and casinos. Wilson also addresses funding for the BRAVE program, now under review by the legislative auditor.

Editorial page editor Danny Heitman from the Baton Rouge Advocate talks about the conditions at LSU's Middleton Library.