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. He's hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003 and The Jim Engster Show on the Louisiana Radio Network, previously on WRKF.

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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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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.

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. 


Public Service Commission chairman Foster Campbell says the current system for prison inmate phone service is a scam run by greedy individuals. Campbell also shares his thoughts on Tuesday's election and Louisiana's congressional delegates.

New York Times sportswriter Ray Glier talks Saturday's LSU-Alabama matchup, a rematch of January's BCS title game.


GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and former La. Democratic Party chairman Buddy Leach square off on the presidential election.

Local businessman and author Pete Goff Jr. shares from his book, "Solving America's Financial Crisis: How Greed and Deception Buried Our Heads in the Sand."


Assistant Secretary of Revenue Jason DeCuir talks about ground work being done for possible tax reforms, expected to be a big part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2013 legislative agenda.

Jim Engster looks back on the late Sen. George McGovern. In August 2000, Jim interviewed the man who lost the 1972 Presidential election to Richard Nixon.


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