The Jim Engster Show

Weekdays at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Since 2004, Jim Engster has hosted intelligent discussion with newsmakers from around the corner and around the world.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Mon May 19, 2014

MONDAY: LSU Alumni Assc. Lod Cook, Jack Andonie, & Charlie Roberts; Political Blogger CB Forgotston

The LSU Alumni Association takes over the first half of Jim's show today. He talks with past chair of the Alumni Association Jack Andonie; current president of the Alumni Association Charlie Roberts; and Alumni Association Board member and well known figure Lod Cook. Also, U.S. Army Trumpet Soloist and LSU Alum Graham Breedlove joins them to play a tune and promote a concert he will be performing in tonight at 7pm at the new LSU Band Hall.

Political blogger and frequent guest C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the recent education cuts made by the Louisiana Legislature, and much, much more.

Sashika Baunchand founder of OMG and Youth Advocate (Outstanding Mature Girls), promotes her OMG Conference on May 31st at Southern University's campus beginning at 9:30am. The event is in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Register to join online at

The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Fri May 16, 2014

FRIDAY: David Dodson; BR Area Chamber President Adam Knapp; Author Earl Swift; Pam Vinci & Joy Smith

Executive Editor at Louisiana Business Inc., David Dodson talks with Jim about moving back to Baton Rouge after twenty-four years. He talks about his time living in Washington D.C. and Houston, as well as working external communications for TransCanada U.S. Pipelines West, also known as the Keystone Pipeline.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp talks with Jim about Senate Bill 636 created by BRAC, as well as the recent incorporation of the Mall of Louisiana by the city of Baton Rouge.

Author Earl Swift talks with Jim about his latest book Auto Biography which follows a felon motorhead as he attempts to restore a single 1957 Chevy from a rusted-out piece of junk to its former glory.

Pam Vinci and Joy Smith with the LSU Textile and Costume Museum talk with Jim about the latest happenings and upcoming events at the museum.


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

THURSDAY: Pollster Bernie Pinsonat; Jenny Nadler Thomas

 Bernie Pinsonat with Southern Media and Opinion Research has a new poll out. He chats with Jim about the current Senate race numbers and how things aren't looking so great for the incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu right now. But Governor Bobby Jindal? His numbers are on the rise according to the poll. Also if the 2015 race for Governor were held when the question was asked 10 days ago, the survey shows Senator David Vitter pulling out the victory. 

Jenny Nadler Thomas is the Program Director at The Angola Museum and she stops by the studio with information about the traveling Smithsonian exhibit coming to Louisiana. "The Way We Worked" will hold it's grand opening at Angola on May 18th and the exhibit runs through June 29th. You can get more information online at

The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Wed May 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Associate Dean and Author Dr. Andrea Miller; Noel Hammatt; Author Porter Shreve

Associate Dean for undergraduate studies and admissions at LSU, Dr. Andrea Miller, joins Jim to discuss her new book she co-authored Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Water Horizon Disaster. Within a five-year span Louisiana experienced a natural disaster and a manmade catastrophe, and the authors of Oil and Water explore the media-fed experiences, the visuals and the narratives associated with both disasters.

Former East Baton Rouge School Board member Noel Hammatt discusses Senate Bill 636 which has moved within one step of final approval. The bill, which Noel is adamantly opposed to, would overhaul the EBR Parish school system by giving principals broad new powers. The bill would give principals new authority by allowing them to craft budgets, hire and fire personnel, and oversee instruction and curriculum. 

Also, Author Porter Shreve talks about his latest novel from LSU Press, The End of the Book, about an aspiring contemporary novelist who may or may not be writing a sequel to a forgotten classic, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.

The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

TUESDAY: Swede White, Dr. Sarah Becker, Sammy Hanna, Dr. William Arceneaux

We start the show discussing a bit of controversy regarding the apology Councilman Ryan Heck issued over comments he made on Facebook. Stephanie Riegel wrote a piece in The Baton Rouge Business AM Daily Report Monday indicating Heck asked LSU graduate student (and former WRKF reporter) Swede White if he wanted him "to come over there and kick his ass" over social media. Mr White joins us in studio to talk about the cease and desist letter he sent to Heck. LSU Sociology Professor Dr. Sarah Becker also chimes in and addresses this form of online bullying. 

We also celebrate the life of retired LSU journalism professor Dr. Jesse Dale Thorn who passed away on Thursday May 8th. Sammy Hanna from The Ouachita Citizen was a good friend of Dr. Thorn as was Dr. William Arceneaux, President of CODOFIL. The two discuss the life of Dr. Thorn, his time as a reporter and his job as the first press secretary for former Governor Edwin Edwards. Thorn was 71. 

The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Fri May 9, 2014

FRIDAY: Bobby Theriot; Kristy Nichols; Renee Chatelain; Christopher Guith

Former LSU Baseball player Bobby Theriot discusses the team that won the 1961 SEC Championship, and what it was like to be a part of it.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols talks with Jim about Medicaid, the budget revenue, and whether or not there really is a budget crisis.

Renee Chatelain, Executive Director of the Manship Theatre, stops by the studio to promote the European Film Festival which is being held tonight, May 9th at 6:30pm at the Manship Theatre downtown.

Vice President for Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, Christopher Guith, talks with Jim about the "shale revolution" happening in La. and what it means for the country environmentally and economically.

The Kid's Orchestra Executive Director Jody Hanet and Artistic Director Dr. Jovan Zikovic stop by to promote the Kid's Orchestra Spring Concert being held at the Christian Life Academy May 10th at 4:00pm.


The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Thu May 8, 2014

THURSDAY: Jesse Allison, Paul Naquin, Dan Ireland

LSU Professor of Music Jesse Allison joins us in studio to talk about the Red Stick Future Fest happening tomorrow from 2pm-5pm. You can get more information about this event online at "FutureFest is an exhibition of the best of tomorrow." 

Paul Naquin calls in to talk about the controversial lawsuit between the city-parish and Steve Myers, local landlord and lawyer, over the definition of family. The Supreme Court overturned District Judge Janice Clark's decision. She agreed with Myers argument that the city parish can't prohibit more than two unrelated people from living together -- but that was shot down Wednesday. Naquin says this is a victory for the people of Baton Rouge and those who value living in "nice neighborhoods." 

Dan Ireland, Artistic Director of the Louisiana International Film Festival, discusses the big event which begins today and runs through Sunday at Cinemark in Perkins Rowe. You can find the festival schedule at


The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Freya Rivers; Broadway Actress Ana Andricain; Professor Kirby Goidel; Greg Dicharry

Freya Anderson Rivers, Baton Rouge native and one of the first African-Americans to attend LSU, joins Jim in the studio as the first guest of the day. She discusses her early life in Baton Rouge, how she had to leave Southern Lab High School to attend Lee High due to desegregation, how she had to endure racism at LSU, and she talks about her memoir Swallowed Tears.

Broadway Actress Ana Andricain and Conductor Daivd Torns stop by to discuss the Symphony Pops at the LSU Rural Life Museum on May 10th, where they will be performing music from the American songbook, as well as patriotic and movie theme music.

Soon to be former Director of LSU's Manship School's Research Facility and Mass Com Professor Kirby Goidel talks with Jim about leaving LSU for Texas A&M in College Station, TX. He and Jim as well discuss the upcoming Senate race, and Jindal's push for the presidency.

Greg Dicharry talks with Jim about the MY LIFE Youth Day at the Capitol on May 8th which will provide youth a unique hands-on educational experience to learn about state government first hand.

The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

TUESDAY: Renée Areng, John Kennedy, Timothy Muffitt, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou

Today on the show, Visit Baton Rouge Executive Vice President Renée Areng talks about the city's tourism and the huge events coming like the Miss USA Pageant and Bayou Country Superfest. 

State Treasurer John Kennedy calls in with his concerns about the fact that Governor Bobby Jindal's financing plan to privatize state-owned hospitals has been rejected by the federal government. Kennedy is also on a mission to get people on board to support a bill that would cut the number of consulting contracts in Louisiana. 

Timothy Muffitt brings in violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou who will perform during the Baton Rouge Symphony's Thursday concert. We also get an amazing sample of Hou's playing in-studio. Muffitt says they'll be using Twitter to express what is happening during the show. You can follow on Twitter: @BRSymphony or by using the hashtag #brsoravel. 



The Jim Engster Show
10:20 am
Fri May 2, 2014

FRIDAY: Film Historian & Author Scott Eyman; Director Bernard Rose; Psychotherapist Leslie Todd

John Wayne was one of Hollywood's most famous actors and Scott Eyman joins Jim to discuss his latest biography John Wayne: The Life and Legend. Eyman's biography takes us from Wayne's early life as a football player at USC, to his first start in the film industry as an extra, and all the way through his life which included over 170 films.

Film Director Bernard Rose joins the show to discuss his latest film The Devil's Violist, about 19th century violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini who claimed he sold his soul to the devil to be able to play the violin. The film will be showing at the Louisiana International Film Festival, May 8-11 at the Cinemark in Perkins Rowe.

Leslie Todd, psychotherapist and family mediator, talks with Jim about her work around town including her her push for folks to mediate their disputes instead of litigate them. She also touches on the AFCC-LA (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Louisiana Chapter), an interdisciplinary non-profit association of judges, attorneys and mental health professionals working to improve family court.