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.

Ways to Connect

Democrat Lamar White and Republican Darrell Glasper (pictured) exchange views on President Trump and Governor Edwards as the special legislative session enters its final week.

Capitol Bureau chief Mark Ballard of The Advocate on the action in House committees Thursday to address the fiscal cliff.



LSU Law Professor Phillip Hackney on his New York Times editorial calling for a criminal investigation of President Trump and his tax obligations. (Pictured)


LSU Professor Joseph Giame on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Waver Oberservatory being designated a historic physics site.


Singer Phillip Manuel and bass player Bill Grimes on their Thursday performance at the LSU Music School.


Advocate reporter Tyler Bridges on the latest developments regarding the special legislative session.



Rose Hudson, President, and CEO of the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, on gaming in Louisiana and the uncertainty over the state budget.

Author Serhii Plokhy on his book, “Chernobyl,  The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe.”

Pictured: Rose Hudson

Wallis Watkins

Republican Scott Wilfong and Democrat Melissa Flournoy exchange views on the start of the seventh special session at the Louisiana Capitol in 29 months and 17 months of President Trump.

Writer Ann Hood on the legacy of Paul McCartney on his 76th birthday. Hood’s book is “She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.”



WAFB Morning Show host and Crimestoppers reporter Matt Williams on the record number of murders in Baton Rouge this year and the start of another special session. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser comments on the budget considerations in the special session and Senator John Kennedy’s call for Governor John Bel Edwards to resign. Allen Gannett on his book, “The Creative Curve, How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time.”

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore on the spiraling murder rate in Baton Rouge, the Truce program and the move to stop non-unanimous jury verdicts.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the start of another special session next week.

Pictured: Hillar Moore

Suicide authority Dr. Frank Campbell discusses the increase in suicides by prominent

Unknown citizens of the U.S. Veteran anchorman George Sells comments on the final broadcast tonight from WAFB’s Donna Britt, his co-anchor for 24 years.

Dr. Adam Cox on his book, “Cracking the Boy Code, How to Understand and Talk with Boys”

Pictured: Dr. Frank Campbell 

Tom Aswell, publisher of Louisiana Voice, on the seventh special session of the Louisiana Legislature in the past 29 months. Congressional candidate Andie Saizan talks about her challenge of Garret Graves in next year’s 6Th District election. Oenophile Kathleen Bershad discusses her book, “The Wine Lover’s Apprentice.”

NBC Today host Al Roker recalls the historic Johnstown flood of 1889 and the message it provides to contemporary America. 

Michelle Erenburg, founder of Lift Louisiana, on the status of abortion rights in Louisiana. 

Fred Parks, GOP State Senator from Parks, on drug pricing legislation and another special session. 

Garland Goodwin Wilson, artistic director for Of Moving Colors, previews “The Sofa Stories.” (Pictured)

Mike Bertaut, chief health care economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, comments on the remaining uncertainties about the Affordable Care Act and how the state budget chaos could affect health care services in Louisiana.

Journalist Shane Snow discusses his book, “Dream Teams,” Snow analyzes why individuals consistently outperform teams.