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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Author Kimberly Chopin

Oct 22, 2012

Author Kimberly Chopin joins Jim in the studio to discuss her first novel "Metamorphosis" and how she managed to write it while raising three children and maintaining a full-time job.


Former Lynard Skynard tour manager Ron Eckerman joins Jim in the studio to discuss how thirty-five years prior on a flight to Baton Rouge tragedy struck when the plane crashed killing three of the band's members.

Bob Edgar, former representative and current President & CEO of Common Cause, discusses his views and opinions on the most expensive presidential race in American history.

Carlos Sam, Director of Innovative & Specialized Programs at the EBR school system, discusses the benefits of magnate schools and Darlene Roland with the Red Stick Farmers Market drops by to discuss upcoming events.


Tom Aswell, a top blogger of Louisiana politics, talks with Jim about Gov. Bobby Jindal and transparency in government.

Herbie Pilato drops by the studio to promote and discuss his new biography "Twitch Upon a Star" about famed Bewitched actress Elizabeth Montgomery.

Lauren Stuart, Executive Director & Program Coordinator of the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition, discusses the Louisiana Odyssey Day Event.


Judge Bob Downing, one of the most colorful and outspoken judges to ever be on the Louisiana bench, and former U.S. Senator Gary Hart chat with Jim on matters of the court as well as the second of three presidential debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney.


Southern University law professor Angela Bell joins Jim to discuss the issue of exonerated death row inmates and the thirty-five Louisiana cases so far where DNA testing has proved their innocence.

LSU Band Leader Roy King stops in to discuss updates with the LSU Tiger Band.

Former LSU basketball star Nikita Wilson and Nancy Jo Craig discuss how they teamed up to help advance the Capitol Area Corporate Recycling Council throughout Baton Rouge.


Ben Bagert, former State Senator and Louisiana campaign manager for Bob Dole, and democratic political consultant Trey Ourso give their opinions and grade the Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Ryan.

Local fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant Anthony Ryan talks with Jim and discusses his return to television for another chance to win in a new season of Project Runway: All-Stars. Jeanne Triche joins alongside to discuss her efforts in maintaining and contributing to the LSU Costume & Tetile Museum.


Author and Feminist Naomi Wolf joins Jim to discuss her new and highly provocative book "The Vagina: A New Biography".

Democratic State Rep. Stephen Ortego talks with Jim and explains why he's upset about cuts in health care to the Charity Hospital System, and discusses in general what's happening in our state regarding health care.

Ray Glier, author of the new book "How the SEC Became Goliath" talks football and more.


Baton Rouge Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle joins Jim and discusses a new measure being presented before the Parish Metro Council that would extend open bar hours in Baton Rouge to 4am.

From the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning, Akua Kouyate and Rachel Knudsen discuss their efforts in helping early childhood educators in using and developing the arts  as a vehicle for learning across all curricular areas for early childhood development.


Biographer Larry Berman talks with Jim about his new biography "Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell "Bud' Zumwalt, Jr."

Political Consultant Ray Strother joins the show to talk about the tightening presidential race that now has the President and Gov. Romney neck and neck.

LSU Scientist Nancy Rabalais discusses her recently received Macarthur Foundation Genius Grant for her work in advancing the Louisiana Coast.


Despite the current LSU campus policy requiring people to smoke 25 ft. away from the entrance to any building, LSU MassCom professor Dr. Judith Sylvester discusses her efforts at working to make LSU's campus completely tobacco and smoke free.

Baseball great and the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season, Denny McLain joins the show to discuss life, Baseball, Pepsi drinking, and steroids.


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