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
10:33 am
Wed August 21, 2013

THURSDAY: LSU's Dr. Kevin Cope, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Filmmaker Coltin Calloway

Dr. Kevin Cope

LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope talks about funding for higher education initiatives and dissatisfaction with the secrecy involved in selecting Dr. F. King Alexander as the new chancellor/system president.

Headline News journalist and show host Jane Velez-Mitchell talks about her new book, "The Secret Life of Jodi Arias"

Louisiana filmmaker Coltin Calloway discusses his new film, "The Climb to Katahdin", about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
10:51 am
Fri August 16, 2013

FRIDAY: Author Catherine Steiner Adair, ACLU Director Majorie Esman, Renee Chatelain

Jim talks with the author of "The Big Disconnect" Catherine Steiner Adair.

Bill Stracener stops by to remember his Baton Rouge Rouge High classmate, Journalist Jack Germond who passed away earlier this week.

ACLU Executive Director in Louisiana, Majorie Esman talks with Jim about the high population of inmates with long term sentences due to marijuana possession. 

Manship Theatre Executive Director Renee Chatelain and Tapan Sarkar visits with Jim to discuss their upcoming event "A Night of Indian Cinema".


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Louisiana Politics
11:49 am
Thu August 15, 2013

THURSDAY: Blogger C.B. Forgotston, Ford Motor Company Sustainability Manager Richard Cupka

C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the upcoming 5th district congressional special election and the latest in news around Louisiana.

Richard Cupka tells Jim about the latest innovations with Ford Motor Co.


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Louisiana Politics
10:45 am
Wed August 14, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Former Gov. Charlie Christ, Rev. Lee Wesley, Linda Johnson, Zack Kopplin

The pastor of Plymouth Rock Baptist Church Rev. Lee Wesley and former BESE board member Linda Johnson talks with Jim about significant events that took place in the city of Plaquemine.

Former  Florida Gov. Charlie Christ reveals the reasons why he decided to become a member of the Democratic Party and his upcoming trip to New Orleans.

Zach Kopplin and Jim talk about the latest developments of the Science Education Act.


Democratic Party
10:31 am
Tue August 13, 2013

TUESDAY: LSU Professor Ed Shihadeh, Louisiana Senator Karen Carter Peterson

Jim talks with the new chairmen of LSU Sociology department Professor Ed Shihadeh about the crime rate in Baton Rouge.

Senator Karen Carter Peterson stops by to talk about the Louisiana Democratic Party and the upcoming elections.


The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Fri August 9, 2013

MONDAY: LA Lottery President Rose Hudson, Film Director Cleve Bailey

Jim visits with Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson about frequent winners, recent changes to popular games and making millionaires in Louisiana.

Cleve Bailey talks with Jim about the Louisiana Film Industry and the new documentary he is working on about Trayvon Martin.


The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Thu August 8, 2013

FRIDAY: Lt. General Russel Honore (U.S. Army, ret.), Author Lolis Eric Elie

Gneral Honore with Jim
Credit Kevin Gallagher

Jim has a chat with Lt. General Russel Honore about the Bayou Corne sinkhole and other matters.

Author and former Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie on his book, "Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans"

 


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The Jim Engster Show
9:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

THURSDAY: A Discussion of Hatred Against LGBT People with John Hill, John Weimer & John Denison

John Denison (l), John Hill (c), John Weimer Jr. (r)
Credit Kevin Gallagher

Jim talks about acts of anger and hatred against LGBT citizens in Louisiana with former Capitol correspondent John Hill, his partner John Weimer and former Monroe area news anchor John Denison.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:58 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

WEDNESDAY: PBRC's Dr. Stephen Heymsfield, Historian Leo Honeycutt

Dr. Stephen Heymfield

Dr. Stephen Heymsfield, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, talks about obesity and the latest research on how to avoid it, or reverse it.

On the 86th birthday of former Governor Edwin W. Edwards, Leo Honeycutt  talks with Jim about Edwards' newborn son Eli and the new reality show "The Governor's Wife".


The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

TUESDAY: GOP Senate Candidate Rob Maness, Biographer David Meyer

Rob Maness

Jim talks with St. Tammany Parish business man and farmer Rob Maness, who is running for U.S. Senate in 2015 against incumbent Mary Landrieu and fellow GOP contender Congressman Bill Cassidy.

Author David Meyer talks about his book, "The Bee Gees", a biography of the pop group who sold nearly a quarter-billion records worldwide.

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