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


Former lawmaker Melissa Flournoy and conservative commentator Quin Hillyer exchange views on state and national politics as legislators in Baton Rouge and in the beltway weigh their support for initiatives from Gov. John Bel Edwards and President Donald Trump.

Joey Strickland

May 29, 2017

Joey Strickland.


John Wirt, veteran entertainment writer, on summer entertainment opportunities in southern Louisiana as well as the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' famous album "Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Rinaldi Jacobs, Interim Execution Director of the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District, discusses efforts to revitalize the area north of Florida Boulevard. Jacobs says North Baton Rouge would be the sixth largest city in the state if were a stand-alone incorporated city.


Paula Poundstone, the popular personality on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, joins us to talk about her latest work,  "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness."


State Represntative Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) talks with us about the governor’s challenges with the GOP dominated House and Senate.

Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

WRKF's Sue Lincoln, with Capitol Access, updates us on what's getting accomplished and what isn't getting accomplished as we approach the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session.


Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and is associated with the discovery of an ancestor to the modern human.


Memorial Day weekend is approaching and it's a heavy travel holiday. Katara Williams is highway safety director for the state. She's here to speak with us about holiday weekend travel challenges.


Secretary of State Tom Schedler speaks with us about the upcoming special election on Saturday for the Louisiana Senate seat vacated by Troy Brown. Schedler also visits the Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering of Congressional districts and President Trump's voter fraud commission.