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
12:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

THURSDAY: Composer Robert Kyr, State Rep. Henry Burns, The Advocate's John Wirt

A visit with noted composer Robert Kyr, who will perform his work "Waging Peace" this Sunday at the Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Jim talks with Haughton state Representative  Henry Burns about his bill allowing concealed carry gun permits holders to take their weapons into restaurants that serve liquor.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt drops by to discuss the passing of country music legend George Jones, and the purchase of the Advocate by John Georges.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Pelican Institute's Kevin Kane, New EBR Libraries Head Spencer Watts

Kevin Kane, President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, talks about Governor's Jindal's position on Medicaid expansion.

Spencer Watts, the new head of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.


The Jim Engster Show
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

TUESDAY: DEQ's Michael Vince, Ornithologist David Sibley, Former Newsman Henry Bradsher

From the state Department of Environmental Quality, Michael Vince who talks about ozone levels and air quality in the Capital area.

A chat with Henry Bradsher, former Associated Press Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, who has retired in Baton Rouge. 

Ornithologist David Sibley, who'll be addressing the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.


The Jim Engster Show
11:22 am
Fri April 26, 2013

MONDAY: Singer Phillip Manuel, Blogger C.B. Forgotston, Food Critic Michael Pollan

New Orleans jazz singer Phillip Manuel discusses his career and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston (Forgotston.com) and Jim discuss goings on in the 2013 State Legislature.

Global thinker Dr. Keshore Mahbubani, with the University of Singapore, on his book, "The Global Convergence: Asia, The West And the Logic Of One World"

Jim talks with acclaimed food critic Michael Pollan about his book, "Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation".


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The Jim Engster Show
11:21 am
Wed April 24, 2013

THURSDAY: BRAC's Erin Wesley, Civil Suit Opponents Steve Myers and Paul Naquin

Erin Monroe Wesley, C.O.O. of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, discusses her group's legislative agenda for this year and other matters.

Local businessman Steve Myers and Paul Naquin, a resident concerned about occupants of some of Myers' rental properties in his neighborhood. Myers recently won a court case on the matter and they'll talk with Jim about it.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:39 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Seafood Marketer Chris Nelson, Blogger Tom Aswell, Author Victoria Sweet

Jim talks with Chris Nelson, with the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition, about the state of his industry--three years after the BP oil spill.

Journalist and political blogger Tom Aswell, of "Louisiana Voice", talks about his ongoing battle with Jindal Administration department heads over transparency.

Author Victoria Sweet discusses her latest book, "God's Hotel"


The Jim Engster Show
2:31 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

TUESDAY: Journalists Kerim Balci & Bob Mann, Justice Kitty Kimball, Author Mary Anne Sternberg

Turkish Review Chief Executive Editor Kerim Balci discusses the current dynamic in the Middle East and journalism in his home country. Bob Mann, from LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications joins in the conversation

Former Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball talks about her career and her involvement with a gala event this Thursday for Haitian relief efforts, at the Renaissance Hotel.

Author Mary Ann Sternberg talks about her latest work, "River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler Along Louisiana's Historic Byway".


The Jim Engster Show
11:14 am
Fri April 19, 2013

MONDAY: Writer Rod Dreher, Attorney and Philanthropist John Hightower

Jim chats with noted write Rod Dreher, about his return to Louisiana and his book, "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming"

Community activist John Hightower discusses some of the many philanthropic ventures he's involved with, including an upcoming summit on diabetes at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, hosted by the Environment and Health Council of Louisiana, of which Hightower is a member.


The Jim Engster Show
1:32 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

FRIDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy, Race In Education, Photographer Bob Adelman

Jim chats with state Treasurer John Kennedy about the legislative session and money matters in Louisiana.

Journalist Maxine Crump and Lisa Teer, with LA Delta Service Corps, discuss this week's Dialog On Race, with a focus on race in education.

Jim visits with legendary photographer Bob Adelman, known for visually documenting much of the American civil rights movement, and his iconic shots of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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The Jim Engster Show
11:22 am
Wed April 17, 2013

THURSDAY: Debate Of A Gender & Sexual Equality Bill, Col. Sherb Sintelle, Susan Hunt

Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong and Bruce Parker, of Louisiana Progress, debate a proposed bill that would ban lawsuits based upon gender identification or sexual orientation.

U.S. Army Col. Sherb Sintelle talks about the Army War College

Susan Hunt, with EBR Parish schools, on a collaborative school with the LSU Lab School.


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