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
10:22 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.


The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

WEDNESDAY: BTR's Jim Caldwell, Author Kim Marie Vaz, Commentator Bruce Herschensohn

Jim Caldwell, with Baton Rouge Metro Airport,  shares what's going on there.

Kim Marie Vaz, author of "The Baby Dolls", talks about the African American heritage of Mardi Gras.

Political commentator Bruce Herschensohn shares his concerns over the selection of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.


The Jim Engster Show
11:32 am
Mon February 4, 2013

TUESDAY: Political Science Professor Pearson Cross, Blogger Tom Aswell

Political blogger Tom Aswell of LouisianaVoice.com and U.L.-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross join Jim to talk about Governor Jindal, the Spring Legislative Session and other political matters in Louisiana.

Chuck Goodwin, with the Baton Rouge Gridiron Club, talks about the 18th Annual Bayou Bash LSU recruiting day event, tomorrow at the River Center.


The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Fri February 1, 2013

MONDAY: Investment Advisors Andy Anderson & Eiad Asbahi, NFL Great Jim Taylor, CNN's Jake Tapper

Jim talks investments, and which is better right now: mutual funds or stocks? Investment advisors B.F. "Andy" Anderson and Eiad Asbahi discuss the merits and possible pitfalls of both.

Former LSU Tiger and pro football  Hall of Famer Jim Taylor, who was at Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans Sunday.

CNN news anchor and Washington correspondent Jake Tapper talks about his recent move from ABC News, and his new book, "The Outpost".


The Jim Engster Show
11:39 am
Thu January 31, 2013

FRIDAY: Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere, LSU Mass Comm. Professor Jensen Moore

Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere talks about Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator David Vitter and the future of the state GOP.

From the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications, Dr. Jensen Moore talks about the highly expensive and often controversial Super Bowl commercials


The Jim Engster Show
10:18 am
Wed January 30, 2013

THURSDAY: Commentator Jack Germond, National Defense Advocate Will Bennett, Author Kevin Sites

A visit with veteran PBS commentator Jack Germond, who just turned 85. Jack talks gun control proposals, and the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Will Bennett, with the group Americans For A Strong Defense discusses their objections to Senator Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense.

Author and war correspondent Kevin Sites on his book, "The Things They Cannot Say",  about the horrific experiences of soldiers at war and the problems of post traumatic stress disorder.


The Jim Engster Show
10:48 am
Mon January 28, 2013

TUESDAY: 49ers Archivist Jerry Walker, PBS Host Dennis Wholey, Former LABI Head Ed Steimel

Jim talks with San Francisco 49ers team archivist Jerry Walker about the Super Bowl.

A visit with Dennis Wholey, host of PBS's "This Is America"

Jim chats with former LABI and PAR head Ed Steimel about his life and times, at 91 years of age.


The Jim Engster Show
11:03 am
Sun January 27, 2013

MONDAY: The NAACP's Musheer Robinson, Roger Wilson on Film Tax Incentives

Jim talks with Musheer Robinson, of the local NAACP, speaks in an UNOFFICIAL capacity about crime and poverty and political priorities.

Film producer Roger Wilson discusses the state's film & TV tax incentives and how they help Louisiana's economy.

Dr. Steven Beck, Director of the LSU School of Music, talks about the annual Concert Spectacular, this Friday night.


The Jim Engster Show
11:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

FRIDAY: Comic Bill Maher, Politico Bernie Pinsonat, Actress & Singer Gloria Loring

Jim shares more from his chat with comic and host of "Real Time" on HBO, Bill Maher. Maher will perform at the River Center on Jan. 27.

Jim talks with political pollster and analyst Bernie Pinsonat about proposed bills for the upcoming regular session of the state legislature.

And veteran actress, singer and composer Gloria Loring visits. She has a new book out, "


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