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
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".


The Jim Engster Show
11:50 am
Tue December 11, 2012

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Politico Vincent Bruno, Child Prodigy Polite Stewart

Jim talks with longtime Louisiana politico Vincent Bruno about the departure of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, and Carlos Marcello's influence on Louisiana politics of the past.

And, Jim chats with child prodigy Polite Stewart, who enrolled at Southern University at 12 years of age. Stewart graduates from Southern this month.


The Jim Engster Show
3:35 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

TUESDAY: Economist Robert Kahn, Politico Editor David Mark

Jim talks with Robert Kahn, economist for Council on Foreign Relations on budget maneuvers between Congress and the White House. 

Then, David Mark, editor at Politico and former editor of Campaigns and Elections, discusses negative advertising and its effect on 2012 election.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:36 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Author David Madden, Molly Buchmann of BR Ballet Theatre

Jim talks with author and former Baton Rougean David Madden, about his new book “London Bridge in Plague and Fire” and about some of Madden’s favorite writers.

From the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Molly Buchmann discusses this year’s performance of “The Nutcracker: A Tale From The Bayou”

The Jim Engster Show
10:44 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Alma Stewart, James Gilmore on Affordable Care Act, Bill Grimes on Dave Brubeck

Alma Stewart and James Gilmore, from the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, who want Gov. Jindal to reconsider his resistance to implementing elements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Jim talks with LSU Professor of Music and jazz virtuoso Bill Grimes about the passing of jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck.

The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Thu December 6, 2012

'Jake The Snake' Roberts, LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope

Jim visits with professional wrestling legend “Jake The Snake” Roberts, about his career, his decline into poor health, drugs and alcohol..and his recovery through the use of yoga.

LSU English professor and Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope expresses his concerns about the Board of Supervisors seeming lack of transparency in several matters, including the proposed merger if the positions of System President and main campus Chancellor.

The Jim Engster Show
11:58 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Mayor-President Kip Holden, Manuel Martinez

Jim begins the show with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden. They talk about Holden's recent reelection and the issues he’s dealing with as he begins his third term.

Then, Jim visits with famous tailor Manuel Martinez. They talk about the ever-changing world of fashion as well as how certain well-known figures dress and how they should dress.

The Jim Engster Show
11:37 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Bryan Preston, Eric Lewis, Bill Davis

Jim talks with conservative blogger Bryan Preston who is upset with sportscaster Bob Costas' pro-gun control rant during halftime of the Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday, Dec. 2.

Eric Lewis, director of the Louisiana chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, explains why he feels the recent state court ruling against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s private school vouchers law was a mistake.

Jim visits with Bill Davis, frontman of Dash Rip Rock, which has a new CD release called “Black Liquor”.


The Jim Engster Show
11:33 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Bob Mann, Kevin Phillips, Steve Monaghan

Jim talks with LSU mass communications professor Bob Mann about the results of the 2012 election.

Author and historian Kevin Phillips discusses his new book, “1775”, about what he calls the most important and eventful year of the American Revolution.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers president Steve Monaghan on last week’s ruling by a state district court judge against the constitutionality of Governor Jindal’s private school tuition vouchers law.

The Jim Engster Show
9:50 am
Sun December 2, 2012

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

Jim talks with biographer Justin Martin about his new book on the life and times of architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Local car dealer and entrepreneur Gerry Lane and his biographer discuss a new book on Gerry's life.

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

InRegister publisher Kelly Hurtado visits.


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