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
10:32 am
Wed January 22, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon; John S. Treen

Louisiana Department of Insurance Commissioner, Jim Donelon, talks with Jim about surviving prostate cancer, the Affordable Care Act, and flood insurance, and John S. Treen joins Jim to discuss his special election run in 1989 against former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke, and about Sen. David Vitter running for governor.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Tue January 21, 2014

TUESDAY: Sidney Coffee, Val Marmillion, Tony Guarisco, Vincent Bruno, & Michael Mann

Jim Engster interviews Sidney Coffee & Val Marmillion of America's Wetlands about coastal erosion, former Democratic state senator Tony Guarisco and Republican Vincent Bruno discuss Senator Vitter's announced intent to run for the Governor's office  in 2015 and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's scandals, and Michael Mann of the Better Government Party on his organization's goals.


The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Mon January 20, 2014

MONDAY: Southern University's Dr. Albert Samuels, Pelican Institute's Kevin Kane

Jim Engster speaks with Dr. Albert Samuels, Southern University Department of Political Science, about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New Jersey governor Chris Christie, as well as other issues, and Kevin Kane of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy about political matters.


The Jim Engster Show
10:28 am
Fri January 17, 2014

FRIDAY: John N. Kennedy, La. State Treasurer

Jim Engster speaks with John N. Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer, about state budget matters including his support of a plan to reduce state consulting contracts to help improve funding of higher education.


The Jim Engster Show
10:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

THURSDAY: Raymond Strother, Dr. Denise Reed, & Jeff Kuehny

Jim Engster speaks with political consultant, Raymond Strother, and Dr. Denise Reed of the Water Institute of the Gulf about coastal marsh erosion, and Jeff Kuehny of the LSU AgCenter about Arbor Day events.


The Jim Engster Show
10:18 am
Wed January 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Baseball Great Denny McLain, Dr. David B. Argus

Jim Engster speaks with baseball great, Denny McLain about his memories and recent baseball scandals, and also Dr. David B. Argus, author of "A Short Guide To A Long Life."


The Jim Engster Show
10:45 am
Tue January 14, 2014

TUESDAY: Ed Shihadeh, Ara Rubyan, 'Buckets' Blakes

Jim Engster interviews Professor Ed Shihadeh about trends in crime, Ara Rubyan regarding the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival, and Harlem Globetrotter, 'Buckets' Blakes about entertaining people all over the world.


The Jim Engster Show
10:45 am
Mon January 13, 2014

MONDAY: Ilyasha Shabazz, Scott Andrew Selby

Jim Engster interviews Ilyasah Shabazz,  daughter of Malcolm X and author of "Malcolm Little: A Personal Look at the Childhood of Malcolm X," and also, Scott Andrew Selby who wrote "A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Baun Murder." 


The Jim Engster Show
10:25 am
Wed January 8, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Kirsten Alvanitakis, Sandy Parfait

Jim Engster interviews Kirsten Alvanitakis, Communications Director for Louisiana Democrats about political issues and Sandy Parfait of the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council highlights the Laurel Street Palooza event.


The Jim Engster Show
10:45 am
Tue January 7, 2014

TUESDAY: Johnny Palazzotto, Zachary Richard, Terrance Simien & Dawn Wells

Johnny Palazzotto recalls the life of the late Baton Rouge blues musician Tabby Thomas, plus cajun zydeco musicians Zarchary Richard and Terrance Simien discuss their music, and actress Dawn Wells talks aoTV's "Gilligan Island."

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