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
10:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

TUESDAY: Mayor Kip Holden, Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham

A visit with East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden

Tiger Rag Magazine Editor Cody Worsham talks LSU baseball, and today's elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha.

 

 

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The Jim Engster Show
12:43 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

MONDAY: DOTD's Dustin Annison, Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Author Daniel Bergner

DOTD spokesman Dustin Annison and EBR Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, talk about the future of LA Swift bus service  between here and New Orleans ... or the lack thereof. 

Author Daniel Bergner on his book, "What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire."


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The Jim Engster Show
5:40 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

FRIDAY: Film Producer John Hardy, Dr. Erin Greenwald, Blanche Lincoln, Author Nathan Tan

Film producer John Hardy discusses his collaboration with Steven Soderbergh on the ground-breaking film "Sex, Lies & Videotape"; made 25 years ago.

Former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, who is now with the It's My Business Coalition.

From the Historic New Orleans Collection, Dr. Erin Greenwald PhD talks about the  remarkable discovery of a manuscript that unveils life in New Orleans in the 18th century. It's all in the new book, "A Company Man"

Author Nathan Tan on his new book, "The Forgetful Gentleman".


The Jim Engster Show
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

THURSDAY: State Senator Elbert Guillory

State Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas explains his recent switch from Democrat to Republican.

 

The Jim Engster Show
10:58 am
Thu June 6, 2013

FRIDAY: Conspiracy Watcher Jesse Ventura, Author Bob Lutz, John Maginnis of LaPolitics

Jim talks with former Minnesota Governor, former pro wrestler, author and conspiracy theorist Jesse Ventura.

John Maginnis, publisher of lapolitics.com, recaps the 2013 Louisiana legislative session.

Peggy Sweeney Mcdonald, of "Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde," shares some stories about food.

Former General Motors executive Bob Lutz discusses his book, "Icons and Idiots".

The Jim Engster Show
10:53 am
Wed June 5, 2013

TUESDAY: Mayor Kip Holden, Politics With A Punch, The Manship Theatre, River Road A-A Museum

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden talks about the state of the  city and his future political plans.

Activist Elizabeth Dent talks about "Politics With A Punch"; coming to Baton Rouge Thursday night.

Renee Chatelain drops by to talk about summer events coming to the Manship Theatre.

A visit with Kathe Hambrick-Jackson,  curator of the River Road African-American Museum in Donaldsonville


The Jim Engster Show
12:01 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

MONDAY: Political Pollster & Demographer Elliot Stonecipher, NOLA.com's Chelsea Brasted

Jim talks with Shreveport area pollster, demographer and political consultant Elliot Stonecipher, about his long career and about the political future of Governor Bobby Jindal.

NOLA.com reporter Chelsea Brasted talks about efforts to save and restore the historic Lincoln Theater, in Old South Baton Rouge.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Fri May 31, 2013

FRIDAY: Novelist Dean Koontz, Jim Donelon, LSU Legend Charles Alexander, Sen. Karen Peterson

Bestselling novelist Dean Koontz talks about his life, his craft and his latest book, "Deeply Odd"

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon discusses insurance issues with hurricane season starting Saturday.

A visit with LSU legend Charles Alexander

New Orleans State Senator Karen Carter Peterson talks about her comments on the Senate floor Tuesday, alleging that opposition to elements of President Obama's health care reforms are "because of race".


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The Jim Engster Show
11:12 am
Tue May 21, 2013

WEDNESDAY: AARP's Joan Ruff, Hugh Buckingham On The Oklahoma Tornado Disaster, Author James Scott

AARP Board Member Joan Ruff on the future of Social Security. and Louisiana's resistance to the Medicaid Expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

Jim talks with former LSU professor Hugh Buckingham, who was very near the tornado disaster in Moore, Oklahoma.

Author James Scott on his book, "The War Below", about three submarines that battles Japanese forces during World War II.


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The Jim Engster Show
11:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

MONDAY: WRKF's Lew Carter, The City Park Golf Course Controversy

Jim takes a look at the brewing controversy over calls to tear down the City Park golf course, in favor of new green space development. Jim gets opposing views on the subject from Fairleigh Cook Jackson and City Park area resident Millard Callicott.

A visit with WRKF's Lew Carter, as he prepares to celebrate his 90th birthday

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