Jim Engster

Host

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 and hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003. The Jim Engster Show has been part of the WRKF schedule since March 1, 2004.

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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The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

MONDAY: Photographer Richard Sexton; Author Aaron James

Photographer Richard Sexton joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his life, his photographs, and his book Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. The book is a complex, multi-layered essay linking New Orleans, which is frequently referred to as the northernmost Caribbean city, with its cultural kin further to the south. The similarities, which he finds in the book through photographs, are quite striking and at times uncanny.

Author Aaron James joins Jim to close out today's show, and he talks with Jim about his book "A**holes: A Theory." He explains why a**holes are the way they are, and why the majority of them are men.


The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Fri July 4, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Consultant Gus Weill; WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope

Happy 4th of July! Today's guests include longtime legendary Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill and WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope.

Gus and Jim discuss a wide variety of topics such as: our nation's Independence Day; short Louisiana governors; the feud between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White; abortion; Ronald Reagan; and so much more.

WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope closes out the show for the last segment to discuss and promote her new book Good Job: A Guide to Pursuing Your Passions and Following Your Dreams. You can get a copy of her new book at her website michellemccalope.net.


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Thu July 3, 2014

THURSDAY: AK Dem. Party Vincent Insalaco; Politico Steve Arnold; Financial Advisor Andy Anderson

Arkansas Democratic Party Chair Vincent Insalaco joins Jim for the first segment of today's show to discuss the reasoning behind Governor Bobby Jindal's involvement in the Arkansas U.S. Senate race; and his recent endorsement of Republican Candidate Tom Cotton.

Political Consultant Steve Arnold joins the show to talk with Jim and try to convince him and listeners why Dr. Ben Carson should be the next President of the United States. Also, why President Obama should be impeached.

B.F. Anderson President and Senior Portfolio Manager Andy Anderson joins Jim in studio to discuss the stock market in it's "Bull Market" phase, as well as Wall Street being at a record high. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Niki Papazoglakis; Smiley Anders; Jayne Anne Phillips; Dean Koontz

Niki Papazoglakis, who finished 5th in the 2011 Governor's race, starts off the show this morning to tell us about Freagle, a virtual non-partisan town square for average citizens, politicos and activists. 

The Baton Rouge and New Orleans Advocate Columnist Smiley Anders and LPB Producer Ben Williams join Jim to talk about the heartbreaking closure of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Westmoreland Village Shopping Center on Government St. The iconic Baton Rouge eatery first opened in 1959 and was loved by many throughout the years. 

Author Jayne Anne Phillips, one of America's most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers, has given us a real life multiple murder story in Quiet Dell. She tells Jim of her inspiration behind the story she says has haunted her for more than four decades. 

#1 New York Times Best Selling Author Dean Koontz has done it again with The City -- a riveting soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk. On today's show, Koontz speaks of his latest novel which he says is his wife's favorite.

The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Tue July 1, 2014

TUESDAY: La. Secretary of Economic Development Steven Moret; Rep. Vance McAllister

Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development Stephen Moret joins Jim in the studio for the better part of today's show. With Louisiana having the second lowest unemployment rate in the South, Moret discusses economic growth in Louisiana and gives such examples as: Baton Rouge's IBM plant, Lafayette's Bell Helicopter facility and CGI's new technology center. He also talks on the importance and excitement of the emerging Software Development & Digital Media growth in Louisiana.

Also, Congressman Vance McAllister calls in for the last segment of today's show to follow up on his announcement yesterday that he will be running for re-election. Also, find out what his surprising answer is when asked whom he'll be supporting for Senator: Cassidy or Landrieu?


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon June 30, 2014

MONDAY: La. GOP Chair Roger Villere; Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy

State Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roger Villere starts the week out with Jim by discussing the upcoming November Elections. He discusses the Republican candidates running for office in an already Conservative state, including Vance McAllister's announcement to run for re-election and Cassidy's chances for the Senate. He as well discusses the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) ruling that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception. 

Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy joins Jim to close out today's show. He talks with Jim about pitching to Willie Mays (and almost accidentally hitting him in the head); his injury which ended his career; and the dangers of using cortisone injections. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Fri June 27, 2014

FRIDAY: Dr. E. Faye Williams; Sen. Dan Claitor; Politcal Activist Mike Stagg

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of the National Congress of Black Women and President/CEO of the Natural Health Options, joins Jim for the first part of today's show. She and Jim discuss the Mississippi's Senate primary election of Sen. Thad Cochran over Chris McDaniel, due to a large turnout of Black Democratic voters.

State Senator Dan Claitor, who's running for Congress, joins Jim in the studio for the second part of today's show. He discusses the defeat of his bill which would have banned the flying of unmanned drones in Louisiana. 

Louisiana Political Activist Mike Stagg joins Jim in the studio to discuss his march from Grand Isle to the Governors Mansion in protest of the Governors signing of Senate Bill 469. They're meeting across from the mansion tomorrow at noon, and welcome all those who want to join.


The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

THURSDAY: Colorado State University Chancellor Mike Martin; Author J. Edward Chamberlin

Former LSU Chancellor and now Chancellor of Colorado State University Mike Martin calls in to talk with Jim for the better part of today's show. Mike discusses his time at LSU, what he liked about Baton Rouge, what he didn't, and what some of the reasons were that factored into his decision to leave.

Dr. J. Edward Chamberlin talks with Jim about his recently published book Island: How Islands Transform the World. Out of the the 7 billion people on earth, 1 billion live on islands; and they shape our lives more than many people think.


The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

WEDNESDAY: La. Fed. Teachers Pres Steve Monaghan; Albert Samuels; Dan Ireland; Rabbi Barry Weinstein

Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, talks with Jim about Common Core and he lays out his opinions of Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent actions against it. Also, Southern University Professor Albert Samuels calls in to discuss Common Core with Jim and Steve as well.

Dan Ireland with the Louisiana International Film Festival talks with Jim about the LIFFilmfest and the upcoming showing of Begin Again tomorrow at 7:30pm at the Cinemark Theater at Perkins Rowe.

Also, Rabbi Barry Weinstein talks with Jim to end out the last segment of today's show.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

TUESDAY: Former State Sen. Jim Brown; Civil Rights Photographer Matt Herron

Former Louisiana State Senator, Commissioner of Insurance and LSU Track Athlete Jim Brown stops by the studio to discuss politics with Jim for the better part of today's show. They discuss Rep. Bill Cassidy's chances of becoming U.S. Senator, as well as Rob Maness's campaign. They also discuss the Republican primary taking place this afternoon in Mississippi pitting Sen. Thad Cochran against Tea-Party backed candidate Chris McDaniel. 

Civil Rights Photographer Matt Herron joins Jim for the last segment of today's show. He and Jim discuss the photos he took during the summer's of 1964 and 1965 in Mississippi and the stories behind them. 


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