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
10:49 am
Wed February 27, 2013

THURSDAY: Author A.E. Hotchner; Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols

Jim speaks with Ernest Hemingway biographer A.E. Hotchner about his latest book "O.J. in the Morning, G&T at Night".

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols discusses Governor Jindal's budget and tax reform proposals.


The Jim Engster Show
11:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY: LA Entertainment's Chris Stelly, Novelist Stephen Maitland-Lewis

Chris Stelly, from the Louisiana Entertainment office of the Department of Economic Development, talks with Jim about the Bayou State's film & TV industry and controversial film tax credits.

Novelist and storyteller Stephen Maitland-Lewis discusses his latest book, "Ambition".


The Jim Engster Show
2:31 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

TUESDAY: Author Leo Honeycutt, Attorney Julie Baxter, LSU's Matthew Lee, Author Michael Hainey

Journalist and Author Leo Honeycutt (formerly with WBRZ News) and attorney Julie Baxter (formerly with WAFB News) discuss the legacy of Judge Frank Polozola, who passed away late Sunday.

LSU Criminologist Dr. Matthew Lee discusses problems with crime in Baton Rouge.

Author Michael Hainey discusses his book, "After Visiting Friends", his very personal story of investigating the mysterious circumstances of his father's death.


The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Fri February 22, 2013

MONDAY: Blues Artist Kenny Neal, LSU's Joey Watson, Glasgow Middle's STEM Night

Jim visits with local bluesman Kenny Neal, who talks about his love of the blues and the musical heritage of his family.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the 2013 Oscar Awards Show, and the upcoming "TEDxLSU" event.

From Glasgow Middle School, Dean Jessica Mitchell and science teacher Lauraleigh Cefalu talk about the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics) night.


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The Jim Engster Show
9:09 am
Fri February 22, 2013

FRIDAY: Opera Star Ashraf Sewailam, The Advocate's John Wirt

Egyptian opera star Ashraf Sewailam discusses his upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge, and the current unrest in his home country.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt talks about the Louisiana connection at this Sunday's Academy Awards show.


The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Wed February 20, 2013

THURSDAY: CPRA Chair Garret Graves, Southern's Dr. James Llorens and Michelle Hill

Jim talks with Garret Graves, Chairman of the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority of Louisiana, and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities.

From Southern University, Chancellor James Llorens and Admissions and Enrollment Director Michelle Hill discuss budget and enrollment challenges on The Bluff.


The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: State Rep. John Bel Edwards, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle

State Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite, head of the Democratic Legislative Caucus, talks about Gov. Jindal's budget and tax reform plans and announces his intentions to run for governor in 2015.

Then, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discusses the firing of Police Chief Dwayne White and her push to make that job an elected one -- rather than an appointed one.


The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Mon February 18, 2013

TUESDAY: YDOA President Rod Snyder, Defense Lawyer John DiGiulio, Minister Nathan Ryan

Jim has a chat with Rod Snyder, President of Young Democrats of America, about the Obama Presidency, and the GOP's hopes of re-taking the White House in 2016.

Local criminal defense attorney John DiGiulio discusses the death penalty in Louisiana.

A visit with Nathan Ryan, who is about to be ordained as a minister of the Unitarian church, something that doesn't happen frequently in Baton Rouge.

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The Jim Engster Show
5:26 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

MONDAY: Inaugural Attendee Colleen Temple, Pollster Elliot Stonecipher, Jean Armstrong

Jim chats with former LSU sports pioneer Collis Temple and his daughter Colleen, who were at the inauguration of President Obama last month.

Shreveport pollster Elliot Stonecipher discusses Gov. Jindal's declining popularity numbers in two recent public opinion polls.

Political activist Jean Armstrong talks with Jim about her parting of the ways with the local League Of Women Voters, and her new group, Leaders With Vision.


The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Thu February 14, 2013

FRIDAY: Advocate Columnist Danny Heitman, Pollster Margie Omero, LSU's Joey Watson

Jim talks with Advocate columnist Danny Heitman about Mayor Kip Holden, Gov. Bobby Jindal, the legislature and more.

Democratic pollster and consultant Margie Omero discusses the political temperature in Washington D.C., Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election next year, proposed gun legislation and other matters.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the "TEDxLSU" conference, coming up March 9.


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