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
11:48 am
Wed January 23, 2013

THURSDAY: Politico Ray Strother, U.S. Energy Policies, Author Wiley Cash

Jim talks with veteran Democratic political consultant Ray Strother about President Obama's second term, Hillary in 2016, women in combat and more.

Former White House energy advisor Jack Refuse discusses federal energy policies; what will work and what may not.

Author Wiley Cash talks about his book, "A Land More Kind Than Home"

The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY: EBR Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor; Politicos Melissa Flournoy and Scott Wilfong

Jim visits with new East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor to talk about the state of public schools.

Then Chair of Louisiana Progress Melissa Flournoy and Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong debate several political issues including Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Louisiana.


The Jim Engster Show
10:16 am
Mon January 21, 2013

TUESDAY: Public Service Commission Chairman Foster Campbell, Roe Versus Wade Plus 40 Years

Former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate and current Chairman of the Public Service Commission Foster Campbell will discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposals for this year's legislative session, and other matters on Mr. Campbell's mind.

A discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, forty years later, with Sally Campbell, former head of the Louisiana Christian Coalition and Reverend Chris Andrews.


The Jim Engster Show
9:21 am
Mon January 21, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Maxine Crump, Government Watchdog C.B. Forgotston

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jim talks with Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialog On Race Louisiana,  about President Obama's Second Term Inauguration.

Political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the corruption indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Jindal's tax reform plan, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales taxes and fees.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Thu January 17, 2013

FRIDAY: Politico John Maginnis, LSU Hilltop Arboretum, MLK Day of Service

Jim visits with longtime capitol watcher and publisher of LAPolitics.com, John Maginnis. They discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposal, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales and other taxes.

From LSU's Hilltop Arboretum, Dr. Jeff Keuhny and Peggy Coates talk about the Annual Symposium & Edible Garden Tour, happening tomorrow.

Keisha Thomas and Erica Green discuss the Annual MLK Day of Service, coming Monday in Baton Rouge.

The Jim Engster Show
10:18 am
Wed January 16, 2013

THURSDAY: Superintendent John White, Author Stephanie Powell Watts

Jim talks with Stephanie Powell Watts, this year's recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for literary excellence, for her book, "We Are Taking Only What We Need"

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White discusses the many changes in Louisiana's public education system, and legal challenges some of those initiatives are facing.  

The Jim Engster Show
11:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt, Treasurer John Kennedy, Jewish Film Festival CoChair Ara Rubyan

Author and biographer Leo Honeycutt visits with Jim to talk about the passing of Marion Edwards, the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and about what news with the governor, his wife Trina and their cable reality show. 

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy drops by the program, to discuss Governor Jindal's proposed tax swap--eliminating income taxes while raising sales taxes. 

Ara Rubyan discusses this year's Jewish Film Festival and Bobbie Robertson talks about the upcoming Pre-K Round Up for the East Baton Rouge School System.


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon January 14, 2013

TUESDAY: Comedian Bill Maher, Author Ernest Gaines

Jim visits with comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time" Bill Maher to talk about current events and Maher's upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge on Jan. 27 at the River Center.

Jim talks with celebrated author Ernest Gaines on his 80th birthday (an anniversary he shares with the host).


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The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Fri January 11, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Tyler Bridges, Committee of 100's Michael Olivier, AARP's Denise Bottcher

Jim chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tyler Bridges, who now writes for "The Lens", covering New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Jim and Tyler mostly discuss Gov. Jindal's plan to eliminate state income taxes and raise state sales tax to offset revenues.

Former Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Michel Olivier, now CEO of the Committee of 100, also shares his feelings on the tax plan.

Also, Denise Bottcher, with AARP of Louisiana, talks about recent news of interest to retirees in the Bayou State.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:26 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FRIDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Major Leaguer Denny McLain

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, on a recent study suggesting that a little extra body weight can help prolong one's life span.

Former Major League Baseball pitching great Denny McLain talks about the Baseball Hall of Fame's recent snubbing of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa -- all alleged to have used performance enhancing drugs while playing the game.

Amy Mitchell-Smith, film curator for the Manship Theatre, discusses some upcoming film presentations.


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