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
10:52 am
Wed October 23, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Blogger C.B. Forgotston, Professor/Author Peter Kuznick, Drama Critic Terry Teachout

C.B. Forgotston discusses Former Rep. Rodney Alexander sudden retirement from congress and Gov. Bobby Jindal possible run for President in 2016.

American University Professor and Author Peter Kuznick talks with Jim about his collaboration with Oliver Stone to write "The Untold History of the United States".

Jim is joined by Wall Street Journal's drama critic , Terry Teachout. Teachout is the author of "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."


The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Tue October 22, 2013

TUESDAY: Professor J. Michael Lennon, Rabbi Menachem Genack

Professor J. Michael Lennon talks with Jim about the book he published "Norman Mailer: A Double Life". The book is an autobiography of American Novelist and Journalist Norman Mailer.

Rabbi Menachem Genack joins Jim to discuss his spiritual role in the life of President Bill Clinton. Rabbi Genack recently released a book entitled "Letters to President Clinton."


The Jim Engster Show
3:11 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

MONDAY: Manship Hall of Fame Inductee Jay Perkins

Professor Jay Perkins, who is about to be inducted into the LSU Manship School of Communications Hall of Fame talks with Jim about his start at LSU.


The Jim Engster Show
9:29 am
Fri October 18, 2013

FRIDAY: The Budget/Debt Ceiling Showdown, Knight Found. President Alberto Ibarguen

Knight Foundation President on CEO Alberto Ibarguen, former Miami Herald publisher, on the state of journalism in America.

Jim recaps the federal budget & debt ceiling showdown in Congress, the government shutdown and who were the winners and losers. Activist Faye Williams and Political Consultant Clay Young joins Jim in the discussion.


The Jim Engster Show
9:02 am
Thu October 17, 2013

THURSDAY: Columnist Smiley Anders, Economist Dr. Loren Scott

A visit with longtime Advocate reporter and columnist Smiley Anders

LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott talks about the end of the federal government shutdown and his annual economic forecast for Louisiana.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Tue October 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Dean Jerry Ceppos of LSU's Manship School, BR Symphony Orchestra Maestro Tim Muffitt

Dean Jerry Ceppos

Jerry Ceppos, Dean of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications, talks about ceremonies marking 100 years of journalism education at the Old War Skule.

Baton Rouge Symphony conductor Tim Muffitt discusses upcoming symphony performances and events.


The Jim Engster Show
9:11 am
Tue October 15, 2013

TUESDAY: La Budget Project's Jan Moller, Former Congressman Jeff Landry

Jan Moller, Director of the Louisiana Budget Project

Jan Moller, with the Louisiana Budget Project, talks about the federal government shutdown and state budget matters as well.

Former District 3 Congressman Jeff Landry (R) discusses the federal budget/debt impasse and a beef he has with Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.


The Jim Engster Show
11:18 am
Mon October 14, 2013

MONDAY: Sen. Mary Landrieu, Tiger Rag Editors Cody Worsham, Luke Johnson

Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham and Assistant Tiger Rag Editor Luke Johnson talks with Jim about LSU's victory over Florida.

Sen. Mary Landrieu joins Jim to discuss the latest with the Government Shutdown. 


The Jim Engster Show
1:51 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

FRIDAY: Conspiracy Theorist Jesse Ventura, Actor & BR Native John Mese

Jesse Ventura

Former Minnesota Governor, professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura discusses the federal government shutdown fiasco and his new book, "They Killed Our President", about the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Actor John Mese, who grew up in Baton Rouge and attended LSU, talks about his new film, "The King of Herring".


The Jim Engster Show
11:36 am
Wed October 9, 2013

THURSDAY: Former Congressman Charlie Melancon, Louisiana Stand for Children

Jim talks with former Louisiana Congressman Charlie Melancon, who lost a challenge for David Vitter's U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Melancon discusses the federal government shutdown, the debt ceiling crisis and partisan gridlock in Washington DC

Jim discusses the virtues and flaws of the new Common Core State Standard learning benchmarks for kids in public schools with representatives of Stand For Children Louisiana.


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