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.

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Democratic political consultant Trey Ourso and Republican activist Darrell Glasper on the prospective federal government shutdown, Louisiana’s fiscal cliff and allegations that President Trump used an LLC to funnel $130,000 in hush money to adult film Stormy Daniels, the former Stephanie Clifford who grew up in Baton Rouge.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on today’s deadline set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to receive a GOP budget plan from the Republican dominated Legislature.


Blogger and Southeastern Louisiana University Professor Dayne Sherman opines about the political fortunes of Gov. John Bel Edwards and President Donald Trump.

LSU Law Center Dean Thomas Galligan on his career in academia and the standing of the school that is the alma mater for many of Louisiana’s most prominent attorneys and politicians.

Author Daniel Pink on his latest work, “WHEN.” Pink believes that timing is essential in all walks of life.


Senior Trooper Bryan Lee of Louisiana State Police on road conditions after a night of ice and historically low temperatures.

Matt Bailey, founder of Fair Districts Louisiana on a redistricting summit slated at LSU’s Manship School this Friday.

Author Martin Puchner on his book, “The Written World.” Puchner reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas and the birth of religious beliefs.

Former Louisiana lawmaker Ron Faucheux previews next year’s governor’s election and assesses the sparring between U.S. Senator John Kennedy and Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Amir Husain, “The Sentient Machine, The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence.”

Ernest Gaines literary award winner Ladee Hubbard on her honor and the writing she does as a professor at Tulane.

Peggy Sweeney McDonald on the 2018 Louisiana International Film Festival slated for April 19-22 in Baton Rouge.


Legendary Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines joins us on his 85th birthday and showcases his new book, “The Tragedy of Brady Sims.”

Author James Swanson discusses his book, “Chasing King’s Killer, The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin.” The famous civil rights leader was born on this date 89 years ago.

Elbert Gillory

Former State Senator Elbert Guillory, Republican from Opelousas, and East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Party Chair Carolyn Hill on the status of minority voters in Louisiana and the controversy over President Trump’s remarks about Haiti and other countries. Guillory is heading minority outreach efforts for the Louisiana GOP. There are about 22-thousand minority Republicans in Louisiana and over 700-thousand Black Democrats.

Professor Lauren Wright of Princeton University on the role of First Lady Melania Trump amid the controversy swirling through the Oval Office.

EJ Ourso Business School, Louisiana State University

LSU Economist Jim Richardson, head of the Revenue Estimating Conference, discusses the fiscal cliff that awaits the state on June 30th.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, talks about legislative maneuvering that is ongoing as lawmakers weigh budget options.

Texas Singer-songwriter Adam Carroll reflects on his career. Carroll will be performing in Baton Rouge on Saturday.


EBR Councilman Matt Watson on his proposal to boost pay for police officers in the parish by way of an increased property tax.

Journalists John Camp, Phil Oakley and Bob Courtney remember the deadly North Boulevard riot in Baton Rouge of Jan. 10, 1972.

Sue Lincoln

LSU Mass Communication Professor Len Apcar and Michael Henderson, head of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, report on the friction between President Trump and the media as the president prepares to attack several journalistic outlets this week. Apcar is also a member of the WRKF Board of Directors.

Also Dan Moldea, veteran investigative reporter, on the changing of media standards in the age of Trump.

Ara Rubyan, Director of the Jewish Film Festival, discusses this week’s event at the Manship Theatre.

Democratic blogger and journalist, Lamar White of Bayou Brief squares off with Republican consultant Ali Akbar, Chairman of the Louisiana Young GOP Federation, on Louisiana politics with Governor Edwards seeking re-election next year and President Trump’s declining approval ratings in Louisiana. The latest survey from Southern Media and Opinion Research has the president at 48 percent approval in Louisiana, down from the 58 percent he received in Louisiana in the 2016 election.