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
3:42 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

FRIDAY: Pollster Bernie Pinsonat, Political Scientist John Sides

Bernie Pinsonat, of Southern Media & Opinion Research, discusses the federal government shutdown and the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

George Washington University political science professor John Sides reflects on the 2012 Presidential election, and how Barack Obama overcame odds to win by 5-million votes.

Sarah Leen, Director of  National Geographic Photography talks about their October issue "Power of Photography".


The Jim Engster Show
3:57 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

THURSDAY: Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame, LA Health Care Coalition's Doug Wilkinson

Valerie Plame

Louisiana Health Care Coalition Field Coordinator Doug Wilkinson helps listeners navigate Obamacare.

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame talks about her life in espionage, and her first novel, "Blowback"

The Jim Engster Show
1:12 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Republican State Chairman Roger Villere, Former Congressman Jim McCrery

Roger Villere

Jim talks with Louisiana Republican State Chairman Roger Villere about the government shutdown and the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Former Congressman Jim McCrery joins the discussion to talk about the latest on Capitol Hill.

Opera Singer Donna Lee returns back to her home state of Louisiana to perform at the Manship Theatre on Sunday. Jim talks with Donna about her upcoming show "Songs from Exile, I'm a Stranger Here Myself".


The Jim Engster Show
2:08 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

TUESDAY: Retired General Wesley Clark, NOLA.com's J.R. Ball, Financial Advisor B.F. "Andy" Anderson

General Wesley Clark (U.S. Army, ret.) talks about the government shutdown over Obamacare.

J.R. Ball, News Manager with "NOLA.com" discusses state and local political matters.

Financial advisor Andy Anderson talks about the stock market and the government shutdown. Is Wall Street wary of Congress?

 

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The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Fri September 27, 2013

MONDAY: LSU Board Member Ann Duplessis, a Recap of the LSU-Georgia Game

Ann Duplessis

A recap of the LSU-Georgia game and the Tigers' fortunes going forward with Tiger Rag Sports Director Jeff Palermo and Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham.

A visit with former state Senator Ann Duplessis, the only woman and the only minority on the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Sons of famous New Orleans local singer Phillip Manuel, Zac and Brennan join Jim to talk about their exceptional careers. Zac, 24 is a film director and Brennan 29 is a fashion designer.


The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Thu September 26, 2013

FRIDAY: Political Consultant Roy Fletcher, Writer George Morris, Author David Wolman

Roy Fletcher

Jim chats with veteran political consultant and campaign strategist Roy Fletcher on numerous topics.

Advocate features writer George Morris on the life and times of legendary LSU coach Paul Dietzel, who died this week at age 89.

Author David Wolman on his book, "The End of Money"


The Jim Engster Show
2:33 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

THURSDAY: Senate Candidate Rob Maness, NPR's Carl Kasell. LSU's Dr. Jeff Keuhny

Rob Maness

Jim talks with U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness about goings-on in Washington DC and his run for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat.

From the archives: Jim's  September 2011 chat with NPR's Carl Kasell. Carl will be live at the River Center tonight with "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!"

Dr. Jeff Keuhny, with LSU's Burden Horticultural Center, talks about merging the LSU College of Agriculture with the LSU AgCenter, and the annual Corn Maze at the Burden Center.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
4:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

WEDNESDAY: BCBSLA's Mike Reitz, Physician and Author Dr. Hillary Chollet

Mike Reitz, BCBSLA

Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana President Mike Reitz helps explain changes coming under the Affordable Care Act.

Surgeon and author Dr. Hillary Chollet discusses his first novel, "White Coat and Sneakers"

 

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The Jim Engster Show
11:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

TUESDAY: Paul Arrigo with Visit BR, Former School Board Member Noel Hammatt, Common Core Discussion

Noel Hammatt

A chat with Paul Arrigo and Renee Areng, of Visit Baton Rouge, about the coming "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" performance in B.R.

Former EBR School Board member Noel Hammatt makes an important announcement

A discussion of the Common Core nationalized education standard and controversy surrounding it, with Michael Brickman of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
8:50 am
Mon September 23, 2013

MONDAY: Businessman Steve Myers, LA Farm Bureau's Mike Danna

Local business man and former Delta Kappa Epsilon member at LSU Steve Myers talks about the controversy over a sign posted by DKE's before the LSU-Kent state game; invoking the 1970 Kent State student killings by Ohio National Guardsmen.

Louisiana Farm Bureau's Mike Danna talks about surviving cancer.

 

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