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
11:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt, Treasurer John Kennedy, Jewish Film Festival CoChair Ara Rubyan

Author and biographer Leo Honeycutt visits with Jim to talk about the passing of Marion Edwards, the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and about what news with the governor, his wife Trina and their cable reality show. 

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy drops by the program, to discuss Governor Jindal's proposed tax swap--eliminating income taxes while raising sales taxes. 

Ara Rubyan discusses this year's Jewish Film Festival and Bobbie Robertson talks about the upcoming Pre-K Round Up for the East Baton Rouge School System.


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon January 14, 2013

TUESDAY: Comedian Bill Maher, Author Ernest Gaines

Jim visits with comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time" Bill Maher to talk about current events and Maher's upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge on Jan. 27 at the River Center.

Jim talks with celebrated author Ernest Gaines on his 80th birthday (an anniversary he shares with the host).


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The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Fri January 11, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Tyler Bridges, Committee of 100's Michael Olivier, AARP's Denise Bottcher

Jim chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tyler Bridges, who now writes for "The Lens", covering New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Jim and Tyler mostly discuss Gov. Jindal's plan to eliminate state income taxes and raise state sales tax to offset revenues.

Former Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Michel Olivier, now CEO of the Committee of 100, also shares his feelings on the tax plan.

Also, Denise Bottcher, with AARP of Louisiana, talks about recent news of interest to retirees in the Bayou State.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:26 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FRIDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Major Leaguer Denny McLain

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, on a recent study suggesting that a little extra body weight can help prolong one's life span.

Former Major League Baseball pitching great Denny McLain talks about the Baseball Hall of Fame's recent snubbing of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa -- all alleged to have used performance enhancing drugs while playing the game.

Amy Mitchell-Smith, film curator for the Manship Theatre, discusses some upcoming film presentations.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Wed January 9, 2013

THURSDAY: Reporter Stanley Nelson, College Journalist Kevin Thibodeaux, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks

Concordia Sentinel editor and reporter Stanley Nelson talks about his investigation of unsolved hate crimes allegedly covered up in Louisiana in the 1960's. LSU journalism student Kevin Thibodeaux is helping Nelson with his investigations.

DIG Magazine General Manager and Associate Publisher Chris Brooks drops by to talk about the first-ever "Baton Rouge Restaurant Week", celebrating the Capitol City's many great places to dine.


The Jim Engster Show
12:12 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Analyst Roy Fletcher; TV Personality Johnny Ahysen; Music Historian C. Heylin

Jim talks with political analyst Roy Fletcher about various current issues as well as former President Richard Nixon on what would be his 100th birthday.

WAFB Channel 9's Johnny Ahysen about his side-line as a CATS bus driver.

Music historian Clinton Heylin stops by to discuss his book about Bruce Springsteen.


The Jim Engster Show
6:49 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

TUESDAY: Former Secretary of State Jim Brown

Jim talks with talk show host, publisher, writer, former Secretary of State and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Fri January 4, 2013

MONDAY: Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, Author Fred Kaplan

Jim talks with Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret about business developments in the state in 2012 and the outlook for 2013.

Author Fred Kaplan discusses his book, "The Insurgents," about how General Davis Petraeus and others sought to change the U.S. military.

WRKF News Director Amy Jeffries talks with NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson about the federal government's settlement with Transocean in the Deepwater Horizon case.


The Jim Engster Show
9:51 am
Thu January 3, 2013

FRIDAY: Former Gov. Buddy Roemer, LSU's Dan Borné

Former Gov. Buddy Roemer shares his views on the deal reached in Washington to avert the fiscal cliff,  and other matters of interest to Louisiana.

Jim observes 25 years since the death of LSU and NBA star "Pistol" Pete Maravich with LSU arena and stadium announcer Dan Borné.


The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Wed January 2, 2013

THURSDAY: GOP Consultant Sally Nungesser, Thrive BR's Sarah Broome

Jim talks with Republican consultant Sally Nungesser about the deal reached in Washington to avoid the "fiscal cliff".

Then, Jim talks with Thrive Baton Rouge's Sarah Broome, who has been named one of 225 Magazine's "40 under 40" this year.

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