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
12:41 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

MONDAY: Rev. Raymond Jetson, Former Journalism Professor Jay Perkins, LSU's Daphne Cain

A visit with former state lawmaker Reverend Raymond Jetson, to discuss efforts to repeal incomes taxes at the State Capitol, and the Reverend's grassroots efforts to improve public schools in Baton Rouge.

Former LSU Journalism Professor Jay Perkins talks about media coverage of Governor Bobby Jindal, and the state of modern journalism in general.

Jim chats with Dr. Daphne Cain, of the LSU School of Social Work.

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The Jim Engster Show
8:56 am
Fri April 12, 2013

FRIDAY: LSU Greats Kevin Mawae & Michael Papajohn, The Better Block Baton Rouge Project, Bike BR

A visit with former NFL great Kevin Mawae and actor Michael Papajohn; both former standouts at LSU, who'll be inducted into the university's Hall Of Distinction tonight. 

John Price, with Mayor Holden's office and Camille Manning Broome, with the Center for Planning Excellence, discuss the Better Block Baton Rouge Project and plans for Government Street, in the Mid-city area.

Local attorney Beau Jones, with Bike Baton Rouge, who advocates for initiatives like the Better Block BR Project, to make the city more bicycle friendly.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:33 am
Wed April 10, 2013

THURSDAY: Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Entergy's Morgan Stewart, Paige Gagliano

Jim talks with Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon about property insurance concerns and insurance legislation before the 2013 State Legislature

Entergy's Morgan Stewart discusses effort to secure federal funding for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which offers help to the poor and elderly with their utility bills.

Local actress and performer Paige Gagliano, who's directing a production of "Les Miserables" at The Dunham School. 


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The Jim Engster Show
9:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Leo Honeycutt, S.U. Law Chancellor Freddie Pitcher

Author and journalist Leo Honeycutt talks with Jim about Governor Jindal's surprise at the opening of the 2013 State Legislature, and comparisons of Mr. Jindal to former Governor Edwin Edwards and others.

Jim chats with Southern University Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher as the Law Center observes its 65th anniversary.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:59 am
Mon April 8, 2013

TUESDAY: CAPA's Tara McGuiness, LSU's Larry Jones, Author Tom Folsom

Tara McGuiness, with the Center for American Progress Action, talks about recent statistics ranking Louisiana number one for gun violence.

A chat with 2013 LSU Alumnus Of The Year Larry Jones.

Author biographer Tom Folsom on his book, "Hopper: A Journey Into The American Dream", about the late actor Dennis Hopper.

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The Jim Engster Show
4:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

MONDAY: Filmmakers Cleve Bailey and Phillip Smith

Jim talks with filmmakers Cleve Bailey and Phillip Smith about their new film "Inclusion Illusion: One Baton Rouge"

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The Jim Engster Show
11:05 am
Thu April 4, 2013

FRIDAY: State Representative Katrina Jackson, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks

State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) talks with Jim about issues and proposed legislation coming in the 2013 Legislative session, which starts Monday at noon.

A visit with Chris Brooks, of DIG Magazine, to chat about the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Festival and other local hot topics.


The Jim Engster Show
10:28 am
Wed April 3, 2013

THURSDAY: LSU Reveille Editor Andrea Gallo, Conservative Commentator Sherif Girgis

Andrea Gallo, editor of LSU's Reveille student newspaper, talks with Jim about the paper's lawsuit against the university for the secrecy in the recent search for a new chancellor-president.

Conservative commentator Sherif Girgis discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's recent hearing of arguments for and against same-sex marriage.


The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Wed April 3, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Pollster Bernie Pinsonat

Jim talks with pollster Bernie Pinsonat, with Southern Media and Opinion Research, about Governor Bobby Jindal's sagging approval ratings.


The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TUESDAY: State Representative Franklin J. Foil, Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain

Jim talks with Republican State Representative Franklin J. Foil about the upcoming legislative session and Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed tax plan.

Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain discusses his experience as the pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and also the upcoming MLB season.


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