Jim Engster


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. He's hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003 and The Jim Engster Show on the Louisiana Radio Network, previously on WRKF.

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.

Ways to Connect

Advocate editor Peter Kovacs speaks with us about the future of the largest newspaper in Louisiana.


Bill Moyers speaks with us about his newest PBS documentary about New York City's infamous Rikers Jail and the issues surrounding imprisonment in America.


Steve Clifford talks to us about "The CEO Paying Machine." He says CEO pay is why others may not get the same kind of income.


Beth Kobliner outlines for us how millennials handle money differently from their elder generations. Kobliner wrote the book "Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties."

Historian David McCullough assesses the American political landscape and its relationship to our ancestors in his latest book, "The American Spirit, Who We Are and What We Stand For."


Singer B.J. Barham appears tonight at the Dyson House.

Bodi White

State Senator Bodi White of Central discusses his effort to get more of his constituents to sign up for flood assistance.

David Madden

David Madden addresses the removal of New Orleans monuments as state lawmakers take action to prevent future removals of statues of military icons. Madden is a former head of the U.S. Civil War Center at LSU.


Jerome Loving talks about the wild nexus between writer Norman Mailer and fellow author Jack Henry Abbott, a convicted killer who was captured in Morgan City after writing the well-received "In the Belly of the Beast." Loving is a professor at Texas A&M.


Ron Faucheux talks about the changing electorate in Louisiana and its impact on the state’s voting patterns. Faucheux is a former state lawmaker, pollster, and columnist.