Jim Engster


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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Times Picayune reporter Julia O’Donaghue on the pattern of sexual misconduct from former high ranking state official Johnny Anderson. Anderson has been contacted but has not responded…one of his alleged victims Juanita Washington joins the conversation. Former Advocate columnist and NPR commentator Ed Cullen on his latest work with the Farmer’s Almanac and the state of journalism in America.

Jason Berry, the New Orleans based investigative reporter who broke the story of widespread sexual abuse by priests in his 1992 book “Lead Us Not into Temptation,” comments on the reaction of Pope Francis to recent revelations of abuse. Author Christina Dalcher on her latest work, “Vox,” and Kehl Waltman, who's helping put on a fundraiser for the Cajun Navy in honor of Sadie Thibodeaux, who was found by the Cajun Navy in New Orleans.

Jeff Holeman, former public relations specialist for Entergy, recalls Hurricane Gustav as we approach the tenth anniversary of the worst hurricane to hit Baton Rouge. The September 1, 2008 storm packed wind gusts exceeding 90 miles per hour in the Capital region. Documentary maker Glen Dunzweiler examines the challenges of large homeless populations in American cities. Dunzweiler says rage against homeless people is the last acceptable prejudice. Author Cyndi Suarez discusses her book, “The Power Manual, How to Master Complex Power Dynamics.” Suarez examines how power is deployed and transformed in society.

Baseball great Denny McLain recalls his HOF Manager Ted Williams, a great player, a lousy manager and a complex person. The 100th anniversary of the birth of Ted Williams is Thursday. Fred Hickman, anchorman for Channel 33 in Baton Rouge for the past three years and a legendary sportscaster, is leaving the Louisiana Capital for a post in the Washington D.C. area. Mark Ballard joins to discuss the impacts of banning anti-gun banks on interest rates for Louisiana infrastructure construction. 

Quin Hillyer and Roy Fletcher discuss the legacy of the late Sen. John McCain. Ian MacDougall of ProPublica disscusess alleged law enforcement civil rights violations in Ville Platte. 

Greg Bowser, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association and former LSU football star, reviews the state of his industry and previews LSU’s football season opener Sunday at Dallas against Miami of Florida. Stephanie Grace, columnist for the Advocate, comments on the feud and possible race for governor between Governor John Bel Edwards and Senator John Kennedy.

Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson updates his quest to improve state roads and bridges. Colonel Rob Maness, Republican, and talk show host Tony Brown talk about the legacy of John McCain and the fate of President Trump.

Rannah Gray, author of “Familiar Evil,” on the sordid legacy of Baton Rouge television Scott Rogers, personality and deputy sheriff, who died four years ago in a murder-suicide. Filmmaker Jeff Springer details his documentary, “Rodents of Unusual Size.” Fairleigh Jackson of Preserve Louisiana announces this year’s award winners. Anaite Alvarado talks about her false imprisonment in Guatemala City.

Peter Olson of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum on the one-year anniversary of the facility near City Park. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, comments on the friction between the Bond Commission and Gov. John Bel Edwards. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges on his latest book: “America, the Farewell Tour.” Investigative journalist Craig Unger analyzes links between the Russian mafia, Vladimir Putin and the Trump Organization. Unger says 59 Russians have been long-term business associates of the President Trump.

LSU Professor of Communication Studies at LSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences Renee Edwards on a collaboration with the Manship School and LSU’s Sea Grant program to improve communications of emergency managers to citizens. Hall of Fame Political Consultant Raymond Strother on sex scandals which plagued his former clients, Bill Clinton and Gary Hart and why personal failings may not matter in the Age of Trump. Strother will also assess the guilty verdict of former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.