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
12:12 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Analyst Roy Fletcher; TV Personality Johnny Ahysen; Music Historian C. Heylin

Jim talks with political analyst Roy Fletcher about various current issues as well as former President Richard Nixon on what would be his 100th birthday.

WAFB Channel 9's Johnny Ahysen about his side-line as a CATS bus driver.

Music historian Clinton Heylin stops by to discuss his book about Bruce Springsteen.


The Jim Engster Show
6:49 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

TUESDAY: Former Secretary of State Jim Brown

Jim talks with talk show host, publisher, writer, former Secretary of State and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Fri January 4, 2013

MONDAY: Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, Author Fred Kaplan

Jim talks with Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret about business developments in the state in 2012 and the outlook for 2013.

Author Fred Kaplan discusses his book, "The Insurgents," about how General Davis Petraeus and others sought to change the U.S. military.

WRKF News Director Amy Jeffries talks with NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson about the federal government's settlement with Transocean in the Deepwater Horizon case.


The Jim Engster Show
9:51 am
Thu January 3, 2013

FRIDAY: Former Gov. Buddy Roemer, LSU's Dan Borné

Former Gov. Buddy Roemer shares his views on the deal reached in Washington to avert the fiscal cliff,  and other matters of interest to Louisiana.

Jim observes 25 years since the death of LSU and NBA star "Pistol" Pete Maravich with LSU arena and stadium announcer Dan Borné.


The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Wed January 2, 2013

THURSDAY: GOP Consultant Sally Nungesser, Thrive BR's Sarah Broome

Jim talks with Republican consultant Sally Nungesser about the deal reached in Washington to avoid the "fiscal cliff".

Then, Jim talks with Thrive Baton Rouge's Sarah Broome, who has been named one of 225 Magazine's "40 under 40" this year.

The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Tue January 1, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Sports Editor Jeff Palermo, Sugar Cane League's Jim Simon

Jim talks with Louisiana Radio Network News and Sports Director Jeff Palermo about LSU's season-wrapping loss to Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Jim also talks about the 'fiscal cliff' deal and some celebrities lost in 2012.

American Sugar Cane League General Manager Jim Simon talks about the state of Louisiana's $3 billion sugar industry and the need for a new farm bill from Congress.


The Jim Engster Show
10:39 am
Mon December 31, 2012

TUESDAY: Entertainment Reporter John Wirt, Talk Radio Connoisseur David Bellinger

On the first show of 2013, Jim discusses famous figures who passed away in the year 2012 including Whitney Houston and Andy Griffith, among others, with John Wirt of the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Then, talk show host connoisseur David Bellinger (or Elwood as he's better known) discusses about the power of callers on talk radio shows.


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon December 31, 2012

MONDAY: Political Analyst Gus Weill

On Jim's final show of 2012, he talks with long-time political analyst Gus Weill. They spend the majority of the hour discussing various topics that are important both locally and nationally. Then, they round out the show by reminiscing about important figures that passed away in 2012.


The Jim Engster Show
9:29 am
Tue December 25, 2012

FRIDAY: (Encore Performance) Attorney Lewis Unglesby on Gun Laws, David Precise on Mental Health

(Encore performance from December 20)

Jim talks with defense attorney Lewis Unglesby about gun laws, gun rights and proposed gun reforms.

David Precise, with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, talks about the mental health aspects of trying to prevent mass shooting incidents.


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The Jim Engster Show
2:32 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

THURSDAY: (Encore Performance) GOP Strategist Timmy Teepell

(Encore performance from March 23, 2012)

Jim talks with Gov. Bobby Jindal's former Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell, who still serves as a main advisor and strategist to the governor's office via his new position with political consulting firm On Message.


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