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
10:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Gus Weill, Swine Palace, Jerrelle Kraus, Adelaide Russo

Veteran political consultant Gus Weill notes Gov. Bobby Jindal's post-election turn on Mitt Romney.

From LSU's Swine Palace, Reeva Wortel and Leigh Fondakowski talk about the play "SPILL", based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jerrelle Kraus discusses her experiences working with luminaries like Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Nixon as the art director of the New York Times, chronicled in her book, "All The Art That's Fit To Print."

And, from LSU's Comparative Literature program, Dr. Adelaide Russo visits, along with guest speakers poet Olivia Claire and writer Barlen Pyamootoo.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Lod Cook, Charlie Roberts, Barbara Simon, Bernard Taylor

LSU alumni Lod Cook and Charlie Roberts discuss matters on interest to the Old War Skule, and Lod's involvement with a possible breakthrough in neurologicial treatment. 

Computer expert Barbara Simons, author of "Broken Ballots", addresses concerns for voting integrity in the electronic age.

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor looks back on his first seven months on the job and lays out his plan for giving Baton Rouge parents more choices for their students.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Jack Germond, Cody Worsham

Jim spends the hour with political analyst Jack Germond and Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham, who talks about his report that current LSU football players Spencer Ware and Anthony Johnson may be linked to NCAA violations.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Champagne Starr, Karen Ponder, Linda Evans

Baton Rouge Metro Council candidate Champagne Starr discusses undergoing gender reassignment and matters facing the Capitol City. Then, early childhood consultant Karen Ponder speaks on the importance of early childhood learning. And veteran actress Linda Evans, of Dynasty and The Big Valley, visits.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Rev. Chris Andrews, Rev. Reginald Pitcher, Katherine Monk

Rev. Chris Andrews and Rev. Reginald Pitcher talk about the 2012 Election and the fallout. Biographer Katherine Monk shares from her book, "Joni:The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell."


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Paul Dworkin, Stonecipher vs. Samuels, Rick Arnett, Sam Irwin

Dr. Paul Dworkin talks about the "Help Me Grow" childhood development program. 

Conservative demographer Elliot Stonecipher and progressive Southern University professor Albert Samuels debate how so many predictions of the election got is so wrong. 

Former WAFB weatherman Rick Arnett talks about his 1,900-mile solo bicycle journey across the USA.

Sam Irwin and state Poet Laureate Julie Kane preview the Festival of Words in Grand Couteau.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Clyde Holloway, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Patrick O'Donnell

Republican Public Service Commission member and former Congressman Clyde Holloway and Democratic activist Dr. E. Faye Williams share their opposing viewpoints on the 2012 election and the direction the USA is headed.

Historian and author Patrick O'Donnell talks about his book "Dog Company", profiling a team of heroic U.S. Army Rangers and the D-Day invasion.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Bill Press, James David Cain, Dennis Blunt

Bill Press provides national perspective on Election 2012, then James David Cain covers the local angle.

Dennis Blunt spends a few minutes talking about the East Baton Rouge Parish School District's strategic plan.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Michael Medved, Bob Mann

Conservative author, radio show host and political commentator Michael Medved explains why he thinks President Obama will lose the election. LSU professor Bob Mann feels Mitt Romney will be the loser.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Melissa Flournoy, Humberto Fontova, Andrei Condrescu

Democrat former state lawmaker Melissa Flournoy and Republican Cuban immigrant Humberto Fontova share differing views on who should be elected President. Former LSU professor, author and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu also weighs in. 


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