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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Financial analysts Fred Dent and Andy Anderson on the market downturn and the implications of higher interest rates. Professor Kyle Longley on his book: “LBJ’s 1968, Power, Politics and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval.” Actress Jency Hogan on the upcoming Louisiana International Film Festival.

University of Oklahoma Journalism Professor Jensen Moore on the commercials from Super Bowl 2018. Lawyers Ben Bagert and Mike Wolf spar on the legitimacy of a controversial memo released by Congress.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on the continuing feud between Gov. Edwards and Sen. Kennedy. Is this a prelude to next year’s gubernatorial election? Melba Beals, winner of the Congressional Gold Medal and one of the Little Rock Nine, discusses the integration of Central High School in Little Rock in 1957 and 60 years of Civil Rights challenges since President Eisenhower called in federal troops. Bruce Haynes, author of “Down the Up Staircase,” which tells the story of one Harlem family across three generations.

  Florida University Law Professor Mary Ziegler on the to continuing battle over Roe v. Wade 45 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision. WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart on Wrestlemania coming to New Orleans in April.  Brook Urich on web sites offering companionship for “Sugar Daddies” seeking “Sugar Babies.”

Blogger Lamar White from the left and Political Consultant Scott Wilfong from the right comment on President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

Writer Michael Lennon on the 95th anniversary of the birth of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Norman Mailer and his Wikes University colleague Jeff Talarigo on his work, “in the Cemetery of the Orange Trees.”

Concordia Sentinel Editor Stanley Nelson of Ferriday on his quest to solve the mystery of several 1960s racially motivated murders in Louisiana and Mississippi.

EBR Metro Councilman Matt Watson on the council’s action to thwart human trafficking in Baton Rouge.

Veteran Louisiana Political Consultant Roy Fletcher on President Trump’s first State of the Union address and the continuing investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Professor and former Director Steven Heymsfield on the medical report about his childhood friend Donald Trump. President Trump weighed in at 239 pounds in his latest physical. Heymsfield discusses the challenges Americans, including the president, are facing with the battle of the bulge.

Former LSU and NFL standout Brian Kinchen on the Super Bowl matchup between New England and Philadelphia and the work of Professional Athletes Supporting Students.

Chef Don Bergeron and Attorney Stephanie Possa on the Artemis Parade Friday in Baton Rouge. Bergeron and Possa are the King and Queen.

George Morris of the Advocate and famed sportswriter John Ed Bradley, former All-SEC center with LSU, remember the late Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant,” who died 35 years ago today.

Dr. Neelima Reddy, a Baton Rouge gastroenterologist, talks about her work providing medical services for babies.

Dr. Meghan Sanders of the LSU Manship School discusses issues of diversity which challenge the Oscar competition.

Celebrated writer James Lee Burke recaps his remarkable career featuring 21 books with Louisiana crime solver Dave Robicheaux as the main character. At 81, Burke remains a best-selling novelist. His latest work is “Robicheaux.”

Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the jockeying for position on the budget by the governor and the legislature and the latest developments regarding a searing legislative audit of the practices of former State Police Commander Mike Edmondson. 

Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger on cold cases from the violent Civil Rights Era of the 1960s being solved and the death of Edgar Ray Killen, convicted of killing three rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.

Legendary political consultant Raymond Strother and Faye Williams, chair of the National Congress of Black Women, on the scandal about the president and the porn star from Baton Rouge.

Georgeann Mire, president of the GBR Learning Disabilities Coalition, on helping kids with learning disabilities.