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
2:24 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

FRIDAY: Rep. Walt Leger on LA Swift, American Sugar Cane League's Jim Simon

LA Swift will stay alive for an additional month. Jim discusses that, and the possible future of the service, with New Orleans State Representative Walt Leger III. 

American Sugar Cane League head Jim Simon talks about the sugar industry's quest for federal government support, and failure of the federal Farm Bill.


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The Jim Engster Show
12:37 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

THURSDAY: Former Congressman Jim McCrery, Author Leo Honeycutt, Photographer C.C. Lockwood

Former northwestern Louisiana congressman Jim McCrery talks about the country's spiraling debt, and which party is handling the crisis better.

Author, journalist and Governor Edwin Edwards' biographer Leo Honeycutt talks about Governor Jindal's recent op-ed piece in Politico, critical of Republicans and Democrats alike.

Photographer C.C. Lockwood discusses his career and his recent switch to the world of digital photography.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
11:45 am
Tue June 18, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Jeff Landry, Political Consultants Scott Wilfong and Trey Ourso, The Manship Theatre

Former U.S. Congressman Jeff Landry talks about his career after Congress, and what political activities he's been up to since exiting the U.S. House

Jim talks with Republican consultant Scott Wilfong, and Democratic consultant Trey Ourso, about Governor Bobby Jindal's statewide tour and recent statements by Mr. Jindal that the GOP "needs to stop bed-wetting" and "kick around the other guys".

John Kaufman, with the Manship Theatre, discusses the Flamenco Rouge performance tonight. Performers Lena and Chris Jacome join in.


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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