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 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.


The Jim Engster Show
11:07 am
Mon December 24, 2012

MONDAY: Biographer Justin Martin, Entrepreneur Gerry Lane, InRegister's Kelly Hurtado

Jim talks with biographer Justin Martin about his latest book on the life of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Biographer Leo Honeycut and entrepreneur Gerry Lane drop by to talk about Lane's ten billion dollar career.

Carol Spruell, with Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, talks about holiday giving.

InRegister publisher Kelly Hurtado visits.

The Jim Engster Show
2:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

FRIDAY: Attorney Lewis Unglesby on Gun Laws, David Precise with the NAMI

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
1:04 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

FRIDAY: attorney Lewis Unglesby on gun laws

Jim talks with Baton Rouge attorney Lewis Unglesby about current gun laws and the call for gun reforms

Audio should be posted by 11 am on Friday, December 21

The Jim Engster Show
7:33 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

THURSDAY: Actor Jamie Wax, Outdoor Enthusiast Humberto Fontova, Student Activist Zack Kopplin

Jim talks with actor Jamie Wax, upon his return to Baton Rouge for 20th anniversary performances of "a Gift For Lyman Bourke" at the Baton Rouge Little Theater. 

Louisiana outdoor enthusiast Humberto Fontova discusses gun rights.

Student activist Zack Kopplin explains his continuing effort to thwart teaching of creationism in Louisiana public schools.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:17 am
Wed December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY: NCAAP Leader Kwame Asante, Councilman Joel Boe'

Jim discusses the debate over the right to own guns with local NAACP leader Kwame Asante and Baton Rouge councilman Joel Boe'.

The Jim Engster Show
10:39 am
Tue December 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY: MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Metro Councilman Joel Boe

MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews talks about his new book on the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy

Metro Councilman Joel Boe and Jim will discuss violence and crime in Baton Rouge

Audio should be online by 11 am on Wednesday, December 19

The Jim Engster Show
10:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

TUESDAY: Pastor Steve Crump, Singer-songwriter C.C. Adcock

Jim talks with Steve Crump, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Baton Rouge, about the Newtown, CT massacre and renewed calls for more gun controls.

Louisiana singer-songwriter-musician C.C. Adcock, who plays Wednesday night at the Manship Theatre, visits.

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The Jim Engster Show
5:16 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

MONDAY: Activist Faye Williams, GOP Strategist Scott Wilfong

Activist Faye Williams and political strategist Scott Wilfong discuss the school massacre in Connecticut and renewed calls for stronger gun controls. They also discuss the removal of Susan Rice for consideration as Secretary of State, and Gov. Jindal's recent call for over-the-counter contraceptives.

The Jim Engster Show
11:33 am
Thu December 13, 2012

FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, QBQ's John Miller, Musician Martin Flanagan

Jim talks with Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp about economic development hits and misses in 2012, and projections for 2013.

QBQ founder John Miller talks about his latest book, "Parenting the QBQ Way."

Musician Martin Flanagan, who says he is the illegitimate son of legendary country music star Hank Williams, stops by. Martin performs Dec. 15 at the Red Dragon in Baton Rouge.

The Jim Engster Show
7:01 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

THURSDAY: Political Strategist Raymond Strother, Photographer Howard Schatz

Jim talks with political strategist Raymond Strother about the election spending, the election results, Gov. Bobby's Jindal's post-election turn to the political center and his possible aspirations for the White House in 2016.

Then, Jim visits with renowned photographer Howard Schatz, who explains his fascination with boxing, as detailed in his pictoral book, "At The Fights: Inside The World of Professional Boxing".