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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Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell on move to hike payday loan rates in Louisiana.

Author Rachel Slade on her book, “Into the Raging Sea.” The book details the sinking of the container ship “El Faro” in 2015 in the Bermuda Triangle.

LSU Faculty veteran Kevin Cope on peaks and valleys at the Ole War Skule with budget issues remaining prominent at Louisiana’s flagship university. Author Richard Allen on the legacy of Robert Kennedy who was assassinated nearly 50 years ago in Los Angeles.

Pictured: Kevin Cope 

Retired Executive Director of the Louisiana ACLU Marjorie Esman on legislation to require unanimous jury verdicts in felony trials in Louisiana. Former Advocate columnist and NPR commentator Ed Cullen on the state of journalism locally and nationally.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard analyzes the Regular Session as lawmakers try to finish early to convene for a special session on the budget. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on the political trail in Baton Rouge and in the Beltway with Tom Schedler resigning as Secretary of State and President Trump paying 130-thousand dollars to Stormy Daniels. Author Catherine Reid on “The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables.”

Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs on five years of new ownership of the state’s largest newspaper. Businessman John Georges began his reign as Advocate owner on May 1, 2013. Author Elizabeth Partridge discusses her book, “Boots on the Ground, America’s War in Vietnam.”

Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea on the trials and tribulations of President Trump 15 months into his term. Moldea broke stories that torpedoed the political careers of Bob Livingston, Newt Gingrich and David Vitter. Also the latest on calls for resignation of embattled Secretary of State Tom Schedler. Jim Shannon provides insight to Dawn Ross's exclusive interview. Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth on their book, “Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag.”

Sidney Coffee of America’s Wetland Foundation on continuing efforts to thwart coastal erosion. Beau Dantin of the Serenity Center on challenges with opioid addiction. Singer Ivan Griffin on his remarkable career.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the homestretch of the Regular Legislative Session. WAFB Capitol Reporter Kevin Frey on covering the Capitol and his move to Washington D.C. Former New Orleans Jazz President Fred Rosenfeld on the continuing legacy of Pistol Pete Maravich.

Larry Carter, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, comments on teachers having guns and pay raises for educators.Deanna Wallace, Director of Legal Communications of Americans United for Life, on the federal judicial appointment of Louisiana’s Kyle Duncan, who was approved on a 50-47 vote yesterday by the U.S. Senate. Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King on violence, race and justice lost in the Jim Crow Era. King’s latest book is about a 1957 murder in Florida: “Beneath a Ruthless Son.”

LSU-Shreveport Political Scientist Jeff Sadow and former state lawmaker Melissa Flournoy of Shreveport square off on the political turns in Baton Rouge and the Beltway. Senator Sharon Hewitt explains her support for legislation regulating Uber and Lyft in Louisiana. Writer Michael Lennon recaps the contributions to the 60s of the controversial Norman Mailer.