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.

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LSU Mass Communication Professor Len Apcar and Michael Henderson, head of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, report on the friction between President Trump and the media as the president prepares to attack several journalistic outlets this week. Apcar is also a member of the WRKF Board of Directors.

Also Dan Moldea, veteran investigative reporter, on the changing of media standards in the age of Trump.

Ara Rubyan, Director of the Jewish Film Festival, discusses this week’s event at the Manship Theatre.

Democratic blogger and journalist, Lamar White of Bayou Brief squares off with Republican consultant Ali Akbar, Chairman of the Louisiana Young GOP Federation, on Louisiana politics with Governor Edwards seeking re-election next year and President Trump’s declining approval ratings in Louisiana. The latest survey from Southern Media and Opinion Research has the president at 48 percent approval in Louisiana, down from the 58 percent he received in Louisiana in the 2016 election.

Matt Williams, WAFB morning show host and Crimestoppers reporter, on the most violent year in Baton Rouge and a look ahead to 2018.

Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America on sexual harassment in the workplace and the legacy of Anita Hill.

Dan Borne, public address announcer at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, on the 30th anniversary of the death of Pete Maravich.

EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore on the causes of an alarming spike in murders in Baton Rouge in 2017. The parish reported a record number of homicides last year.

George and Roxanne Graham on Cajun cooking. George is the author of Acadiana Table, George Graham’s Stories of Cajun Creole Cooking.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, joins us to reflect on the top stories of 2017.

Rudy Macklin, LSU’s career leading rebounder and second leading scorer, talks about the resurgent Tiger program under first year coach Will Wade and discusses physical fitness in Louisiana. Macklin has headed the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for 26 years.

Rannah Gray on Redstick Revelry, the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Baton Rouge.

Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialogue on Race, on the major story of 2017, sexual misconduct. Crump says sexual harassment is often accompanied by racism. 

Former LSU and New England Patriots quarterback Rohan Davey comments on the LSU loss to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl and the national title game between Alabama and Georgia.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana Economist Mike Bertaut recaps the impact of the tax bill passed by Congress on the Affordable Care Act...What is the future of Obamacare in 2018?

Film and music critic John Wirt details the best performances of 2017.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders discusses her work 25 years after she was hired by President Clinton. Elders lasted on the job as surgeon general for only 15 months after talking openly about masturbation. She will talk about Baton Rouge and New Orleans ranking first and third in HIV cases in the United States.

  First we visit with David Faucheux of Lafayette, author of Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile.  Also Jeff Rossen, a fixture on The Today Show, on how we can improve our lives in ways we might not have thought of. Charles Duhigg calls in to talk about his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Post writer Sally Quinn, widow of Ben Bradlee, on her spiritual odyssey.

Sixth District Congressional candidate Justin Dewitt talks about his race for 2018. Dewitt, a Democrat,  is challenging two-term Republican Garret Graves and is believed to be the first openly gay man to see a U.S. House in Louisiana.

Pam Bordelon of the Advocate reflects on a year of parties she covered for the state’s largest newspaper in 2017.