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
10:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

MONDAY: Dr. Stephen Barnes, John Kennedy, & Linda Barnickel

Jim Engster interviews Dr. Steven Barnes , Director Division of Economic Development talks about the economic output of the state, while Louisiana State Treasurer, John Kennedy speaks of food stamp fraud and other economic issues, and author Linda Barnickel discusses her book called "Milliken's Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory" about African American slave soldiers in the Milliken's Bend battles.

The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

FRIDAY: Author John Rosengren; Pro Golfer David Toms; Tim Muffett; Author Wiley Cash

Award winning journalist and author John Rosengren talks with Jim about his new book The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption. Professional golfer and LSU Alum, David Toms chats with Jim about life on the PGA tour, what its like to win, and much more. Tim Muffett, the longest serving conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, talks about the exciting upcoming concert in which the BRSO will perform alongside renowned musician Lang Lang. Also, New York Times Best Selling author Wiley Cash joins Jim to talk about his latest novel This Dark Road to Mercy.


The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Thu February 20, 2014

THURSDAY: Gus Weill, Rudy Macklin, & J. Boyce Gleason

Jim Engster interviews political consultant, Gus Weill about former Governor Edwin Edwards possible run for the 6th congressional district.  Former LSU basketball player Rudy Macklin and current Director of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports talks about the Golden Gloves boxing program.  Author J. Boyce Gleason discusses his book, "Anvil of God."


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Wed February 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Political Writer John Maginnis; Novelist Laurie Halse Anderson

John Maginnis, Louisiana political writer and co-publisher of LaPolitics.com, joins Jim to discuss the issues surrounding Governor Bobby Jindal's supposed presidential bid for 2016 and Senator David Vitter's announced run for governor of Louisiana. Also, young adult fiction author Laurie Halse Anderson talks with Jim about her new novel The Impossible Knife of Memory.


The Jim Engster Show
10:28 am
Mon February 17, 2014

MONDAY: Marjorie Esman, James Llorens, & Tom Aswell

Jim Engster speaks with Marjorie Esman, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana about the high incarceration rate in Louisiana, Dr. James L. Llorens talks about his future at Southern University as Chancellor, and political analyst, Tom Aswell discusses Louisiana politics.

The Jim Engster Show
10:50 am
Fri February 14, 2014

FRIDAY: Karen Alderman Harbert, Gavin Newsom, Zachary Karabell, & Hunt Slonem

Jim Engster interviews Karen Alderman Harbert, President/CEO of U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, who speaks of the politics and economics of energy including the Keystone pipeline and natural gas.  Als0, California Lt.

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The Jim Engster Show
1:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

THURSDAY: ex-NFL player David Kopay, and author Dr. Will Clower

Jim Engster talks with former NFL running back, David Kopy who was the first professional team sport athlete to declare he was gay, and author Dr. Will Clower discusses his book, "Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight."

The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Wed February 12, 2014

WEDNESDAY: La. Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson; Judy Benitez; and Roy Fletcher

Louisiana State Senator and Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson talks with Jim about the status of the Democratic Party and what the the future will hold for it within the predominantly Republican state of Louisiana, as well as other political issues concerning the state.

Judy Benitez, Executive Director of the Iris Domestic Violence Center in Baton Rouge, stops by the station to discuss the serious issues concerning the link between domestic violence and female homicides in the state of Louisiana.

And Veteran Politico Roy Fletcher calls in to talk about his favorite basketball player, Bill Russell, who turns 80 years old today.


The Jim Engster Show
1:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

TUESDAY: Sylviane Anna Diouf and Penelope Rowlands

Jim Engster interviews historian Sylviana Anna Diouf, author of "Slavery's Exiles: The Story of American Maroons" and also Penelope Rowlands, author of "The Beatles Are Here: 50 Years After The Band Arrived in America."


The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Mon February 10, 2014

MONDAY: Editor of the Concordia Sentinel Stanley Nelson; Baton Rouge Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle

Stanley Nelson, Editor of the Concordia Sentinel, talks with Jim about his role in investigating the Civil Rights Cold Case murder of Frank Morris in Ferriday, La in 1964. Also, Baton Rouge Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle of District 7 stops by the station to discuss a variety of issues concerning our city ranging from the HIV/AIDS rate to the proposed city of St. George and much, much more.


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