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
10:24 am
Thu November 14, 2013

THURSDAY: Author John Heilemann, State Police Commander Mike Edmonson, LSU's Swine Palace

Author John Heilemann talks about his new book, "Double Down: Game Change 2012", which he co-authored with Mark Halperin. The book details behind-the-scenes events in the 2012 Presidential election campaign.

State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson discusses safety at Louisiana's schools and other crime fighting and public safety matters.

From LSU's Swine Palace Productions, director Sean Daniels and actor Anthony McMurray, on "Dove" - opening tomorrow night.


The Jim Engster Show
5:43 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Patricia Cornwell, LPB's Charlie Whinham & Shauna Sanford

Jim talks with bestselling author Patricia Cornwell about her latest book, "Dust"

From LPB's "Louisiana: The State We're In", hosts Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford discuss the biggest stories of 2013

Scott Wilfong joins Jim to talk about the 20th anniversary of Pres. Bill Clinton signing the Brady Bill. 


The Jim Engster Show
3:37 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

TUESDAY: Political Insider Roger Stone, Media Matters' Bradley Beychok, Filmmaker Amy Oppenheimer

Jim talks with political insider Roger Stone about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and his theories on the involvement of former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Media Matters head Bradley Beychok discusses CBS News' recent apology for misreporting events in Benghazi

Filmmaker Amy Oppenheimer talks about her film "Faces of Israel"


The Jim Engster Show
3:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

MONDAY: The Tigers vs The Tide, Coroner Beau Clark

Jim recaps the weekend matchup between LSU and Alabama

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark discusses the recent increase in heroin-related deaths in the Capital Area.

Louisiana Radio Network News Reporter Michelle Southern joins Jim to talk about breaking news with the reality TV show "The Governor's Wife" starring former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards and his wife Trina Scott Edwards.


The Jim Engster Show
12:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

FRIDAY: Author Maria Brinson-Sampson, McKinley High Renovation

Attorney and author Maria Brinson-Sampson talks about her book, "I Am The Marrying Kind", about why so few black woman are married.

Bill Martin discusses renovations on the baseball field at McKinley High School. If you would like to support this effort log on to www.fundly.com and search McKinley Panther Baseball.

Paul Conroy joins Jim to discuss his new book "Under the Wire: Maria Colvin's Final Assignment".


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The Jim Engster Show
1:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

THURSDAY: Louisiana's Prison Population, Biographer Joe Henry, Coping with Concussion

Kevin Kane, President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, discusses Louisiana's burgeoning prison population.

Author Joe Henry talks about his book, "Furious Cool", a biography of comic legend Richard Pryor.

Dr. Diane Roberts Stoller on her book, "Coping With Concussion" 

 

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The Jim Engster Show
11:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

WEDNESDAY: John Maginnis with LAPolitics.com, Author Andrew Salomon, The B.R. Art Gallery

"LAPolitics.com" publisher and columnist John Maginnis and Jim discuss local and national political matters, including Tuesday election results from around the country.

Author Andrew Salomon talks about his book, "Far From The Tree"

Jason Andreason, with the Baton Rouge Art Gallery, discusses the annual benefit fundraiser"Kinetics", this Friday night


The Jim Engster Show
8:55 am
Tue November 5, 2013

TUESDAY: Author Francis Rooney, Ornithologist Richard Gibbons, Carolyn Bennett

Former Vatican ambassador Francis Rooney discusses his book, "Global Vatican"

Ornithologist Richard Gibbons talks the joys of Louisiana birdwatching, and his book, "The Birders Guide to Louisiana"

Carolyn Bennett, head of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana which is observing its 50th anniversary.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
12:13 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MONDAY: Author John Meacham, LSU vs Alabama, Volunteers in Public Schools

The owner of Louie's Cafe, Jimmy Wetherford stops by to talk about the 9th annual North Gate festival taking place this Friday.

Kimberly Levy-Marcelle joins the show to discuss the latest with Volunteers in Public School Systems(VIPSS). Dr. Chance Lewis joins the conversation to discuss his upcoming visit to Baton Rouge in support of VIPSS.

Author John Meacham discusses his book, "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power", considered among the very best biographies of the nation's 3rd president.

A look at the upcoming LSU - Alabama matchup


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The Jim Engster Show
12:03 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

FRIDAY: LSU MassComm Professor Bob Mann, Author Samuel Freedman, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton

LSU's Bob Mann and author Samuel Freedman, who wrote a book about Grambling State University, discuss the state of Higher Education in Louisiana.

State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton talks about the annual Louisiana Book Festival, this weekend in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol.


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