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. 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.

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WAFB-TV anchor Donna Britt talks about her diagnosis with ALS last week. Britt continues to anchor the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on channel 9 with Greg Meriwether.


Writer Don Brown tells the story of Captain Jerry Yellin, now 93 years old, in his book, "The Last Fighter Pilot." Yellin flew a mission over Japan after World War II was over, but it was too late to inform Yellin that Japan had surrendered.


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Pollster and former politician Ron Faucheux talks about President Trump's remaining popularity in the South despite Monday's Rasmussen poll finding the President's popularity falling below 40%.


William O'Connor, senior writer for the Daily Beast, talks about the enduring legacy of Huey Long on the landscape of Baton Rouge. O'Connor's feature about the Old Governor's Mansion and its remarkable past is "Strippers, Insane Asylums, Assassination and Termites: Inside the Insane History of the World's Greatest White House Replica."


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Dr. Renee Levine of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital comments on the challenges facing U.S. Senator John McCain. The Arizona lawmaker, who cast the deciding vote on the bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act, is facing a grim forecast after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, Glioblastoma.


Veteran anchorman George Sells talks about his former co-anchor Donna Britt and her battle with ALS. Sells and Britt were an on-air team at WAFB from 1988 to 2012.


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Marjorie Esman with the Louisiana ACLU talks about President Trump's decision to keep transgender soldiers out of the nation's armed forces.


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Broderick Bagert of Together Baton Rouge talks about the Senate vote on a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


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Chelsea Parsons says a gun is stolen from a private owner every 67 minutes in Louisiana. Parsons is Vice President with American Progress, a guns and crime policy organization.


John Kaufman, Director of Marketing and Programming for the Manship Theatre, comments on events at the arena, which has become a centerpiece for entertainment in downtown Baton Rouge.


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