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
1:53 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

MONDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy, LSU-Texas A&M Recap

Jim talks with State Treasurer John N. Kennedy about the state budget, non-governmental organizations (NGO's) that won't account for state money given to them and a proposed $2-million center for former Governor Mike Foster's paper, in Franklin.

Jim recaps the LSU-Texas A&M game


The Jim Engster Show
9:11 am
Fri November 22, 2013

FRIDAY: The JFK Assassination with Richard Lipsey and Vincent Bugliosi

Jim discusses the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 50 years ago today, and whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman in Dallas that day. His guests are Richard Lipsey, who was present at JFK's autopsy, and former attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi.


The Jim Engster Show
9:14 am
Thu November 21, 2013

THURSDAY: Author Barr McClellan, Actor Michael O'Neill, BR Ballet's Molly Buchmann

Jim talk with Barr McClellan, author of "Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK"

Actor Michael O'Neill discusses his role in the new film, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Molly Buchmann, from the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, talks about this year's performance of "The Nutcracker: A Tale From The Bayou"


The Jim Engster Show
4:55 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Columnist Smiley Anders, Sheldon Gottlieb, Smart Growth

Jim chats with Advocate columnist Smiley Anders, to talk about his 76th birthday and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Smiley was a working journalist on the day the President was shot.

Shelden Gottlieb joins Jim to talk about former Pres. George W. Bush support  of Jewish believers converting to Christianity.

Nationally recognized expert on tax and energy policy, Denise Bode talks about the Smart Growth Summit taking place this week at the Manship Theatre.


The Jim Engster Show
4:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

TUESDAY: Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston, Music Historian John McMillian, James Windham

James Windham, with the Capital Area Re-Entry Coalition, discusses re-training and re-integration of former prison inmates as productive members of society. 

Government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks about the upset victory of Vance McAllister in the 5th District Congressional race, and what it means for Governor Jindal, who unofficially backed Neil Riser in that race.

Music Historian John McMillian on his book, "Beatles versus Stones", about the friendship and rivalry between the two supergroups of the 1960's.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
12:50 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

MONDAY: Author David Huddle, LSU History Prof. David Colbert, Sportwriter Sam King

Writer David Huddle talks about his latest work, "Black snake at the Family Reunion"

LSU history professor David Colbert discusses the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 50 years ago this wek.

Veteran sportswriter Sam King talks about "Johnny Football's" arrival a Tiger Stadium this week, as LSU hosts Texas A&M.


The Jim Engster Show
11:54 am
Thu November 14, 2013

FRIDAY: Former Johny Carson Lawyer Henry Bushkin, Author James Tobin

Jim talks with Henry Bushkin, former attorney for the legendary Johnny Carson. Bushkin reveals some surprising details of his long relationship with the late King of Late Night TV.

Author James Tobin, on his book, "The Man He Became", about how Franklin Delano Roosevelt defied his crippling polio and won the U.S. Presidency.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Thu November 14, 2013

THURSDAY: Author John Heilemann, State Police Commander Mike Edmonson, LSU's Swine Palace

Author John Heilemann talks about his new book, "Double Down: Game Change 2012", which he co-authored with Mark Halperin. The book details behind-the-scenes events in the 2012 Presidential election campaign.

State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson discusses safety at Louisiana's schools and other crime fighting and public safety matters.

From LSU's Swine Palace Productions, director Sean Daniels and actor Anthony McMurray, on "Dove" - opening tomorrow night.


The Jim Engster Show
5:43 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Patricia Cornwell, LPB's Charlie Whinham & Shauna Sanford

Jim talks with bestselling author Patricia Cornwell about her latest book, "Dust"

From LPB's "Louisiana: The State We're In", hosts Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford discuss the biggest stories of 2013

Scott Wilfong joins Jim to talk about the 20th anniversary of Pres. Bill Clinton signing the Brady Bill. 


The Jim Engster Show
3:37 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

TUESDAY: Political Insider Roger Stone, Media Matters' Bradley Beychok, Filmmaker Amy Oppenheimer

Jim talks with political insider Roger Stone about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and his theories on the involvement of former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Media Matters head Bradley Beychok discusses CBS News' recent apology for misreporting events in Benghazi

Filmmaker Amy Oppenheimer talks about her film "Faces of Israel"


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