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
10:13 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: State Rep. John Bel Edwards, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle

State Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite, head of the Democratic Legislative Caucus, talks about Gov. Jindal's budget and tax reform plans and announces his intentions to run for governor in 2015.

Then, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discusses the firing of Police Chief Dwayne White and her push to make that job an elected one -- rather than an appointed one.


The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Mon February 18, 2013

TUESDAY: YDOA President Rod Snyder, Defense Lawyer John DiGiulio, Minister Nathan Ryan

Jim has a chat with Rod Snyder, President of Young Democrats of America, about the Obama Presidency, and the GOP's hopes of re-taking the White House in 2016.

Local criminal defense attorney John DiGiulio discusses the death penalty in Louisiana.

A visit with Nathan Ryan, who is about to be ordained as a minister of the Unitarian church, something that doesn't happen frequently in Baton Rouge.

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The Jim Engster Show
5:26 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

MONDAY: Inaugural Attendee Colleen Temple, Pollster Elliot Stonecipher, Jean Armstrong

Jim chats with former LSU sports pioneer Collis Temple and his daughter Colleen, who were at the inauguration of President Obama last month.

Shreveport pollster Elliot Stonecipher discusses Gov. Jindal's declining popularity numbers in two recent public opinion polls.

Political activist Jean Armstrong talks with Jim about her parting of the ways with the local League Of Women Voters, and her new group, Leaders With Vision.


The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Thu February 14, 2013

FRIDAY: Advocate Columnist Danny Heitman, Pollster Margie Omero, LSU's Joey Watson

Jim talks with Advocate columnist Danny Heitman about Mayor Kip Holden, Gov. Bobby Jindal, the legislature and more.

Democratic pollster and consultant Margie Omero discusses the political temperature in Washington D.C., Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election next year, proposed gun legislation and other matters.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the "TEDxLSU" conference, coming up March 9.


The Jim Engster Show
11:50 am
Wed February 13, 2013

THURSDAY: Senator Sharon Broome, Authors Liel Lowndes and Marilyn Yalom

Jim chats with state  Senator  and Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Weston Broome about the coming Legislative session.

Author Leil Lowndes on her book, "How To Create Chemistry With Anyone"

Author Marilyn Yalom, talks about her book, "How The French Invented Love"


The Jim Engster Show
11:53 am
Tue February 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Father Jeff Bayhi; Analyst Gus Weill; Executive Director Racheal Hebert

Jim talks with Father Jeff Bayhi about the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict.

Political analyst Gus Weill joins the program to discuss last night's State of the Union Address as well as other current topics in Louisiana politics.

Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center Executive Director Rachel Hebert previews tomorrow's One Billion Rising event.


The Jim Engster Show
10:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

TUESDAY: Former LSU Coastal Scientist Ivor Van Heerden, Novelist Ruta Sepetys

Jim talks with former LSU Coastal Research scientist Ivor Van Heerden, who has settled a suit against the university for his firing - allegedly for speaking the truth about the Army Corps of Engineers and levee protection in and around New Orleans.

Author Ruta Sepetys discusses her latest book, "Out Of The Easy", which takes place in New Orleans in the 1950's.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:28 am
Fri February 8, 2013

MONDAY: LSU's Stanley Roberts. the GOP's Mike Chittom & John Treen, Novelist Jackie Collins

Jim talks with former LSU basketball great Stanley Roberts, who went back and got his degree from the Old War Skule at age 42.

Michael Chittom and John Treen join Jim to talk about the current state of the Republican Party.

Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins visits with Jim to discuss her latest book, "The Power Trip"


The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

FRIDAY: Blue Cross Blue Shield's David Carmouche, BR Sympony Conductor Tim Muffett

Dr. David Carmouche, Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, and BCBSLA economist Mike Bertaut talk about state Medicaid cuts and how they'll affect folks,  and changes this year brought about by the Patient Protection & Affordable Care act, also called "Obamacare".

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Conductor Tim Muffett discusses Diana Ross's sold out performance tonight, and the symphony's 2013 season.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Wed February 6, 2013

THURSDAY: Project Purr's Peggy Polk, Former State Lawmaker Michael Jackson

Former state Representative Michael Jackson discusses the firing of Police Chief Dwayne White,  crime in the Capital City and other matters of importance.

Peggy Polk, with the shelter cat advocacy group Project Purr, talks with Jim about a recent article detailing how many birds are killed yearly by cats.


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