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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Former U.S. Congressman Bob Livingston comments on his 22-year tenure in the House, including his near miss to become speaker and controversial departure. Livingston, who is now a powerful lobbyist, has written his memoir and analyzes his ill-fated run for governor in 1987 and his associations with Governors Dave Treen and Edwin Edwards as well as Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Adam Sharp, former top aide to U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, talks about his high ranking role at Twitter from 2010 to 2016 and his current post as president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Rev. Chris Andrews, former pastor of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, assesses the popularity of President Trump with white evangelicals in Louisiana and in the nation. Dr. Rickey Hill, chairman of the political science department at Jackson State University, remembers the slaying of two Southern University students, Denver Smith and Leonard Brown, in 1972. They were involved in a peaceful protest and their killings have not been solved 46 years later.

Cliff Vannoy, President, and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association, on the temperature of LSU graduates amid challenges in funding to higher education and with a month to go before the LSU football Tigers, kick off their season.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the prospect of Attorney General Jeff Landry running for governor.


Lobbyist Jim Nickel (pictured), former Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman, on the partisan divide in Baton Rouge and in the Beltway and his insights on state and national politics. Author, attorney and banker Stephen Maitland-Lewis on his lifelong passion for his former pen pal  Louis Armstrong. Maitland-Lewis, who is a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York, is in New Orleans for this week’s 18th annual Satchmo Summerfest.

Law Professor and former Louisiana Democratic Party Communications Director Susan Nelson and LSU Political Scientist Jeff Sadow exchange views on Gov. Edwards and President Trump as they survey the political landscape in Baton Rouge and across the nation.


Celebrated Paleontologist Steve Brusatte offers new history to a lost world in his book: “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.”



Senior Policy Analyst Scott Lincicome on his group Republicans Fighting Tariffs.  Lamar White of The Bayou Brief on Governor John Bel Edwards quest for re-election. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser offers a plan to return to old-style politics and have candidates for state office run on a ticket. Musician Kenny Bill Stinson, a north Louisiana native, on his career as an artist mixing country music with the blues.

Angus Kennedy, author of “Bitter Sweet,” on his reputation as the world’s leading chocolate taste. Quin Hillyer, conservative columnist and commentator, offers criticism of President Trump for his presidential and personal conduct. Public Service Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta praises President Trump for his 18-month performance in office and warns utility companies not to disconnect service during a record heat wave. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, assesses the race for Secretary of State and looks at the re-election prospects for Congressmen Clay Higgins and Garret Graves.

State Rep. Rick Edmonds of Baton Rouge talks about his campaign for Secretary of State. Michael Sandlin, owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, discusses his new tenant, a camel, and the death of Tony the Tiger, who was a feature at his business for nearly 18 years. Louisiana author Rene Uzee (pictured) on his book; “Yellow Jack,” which details the yellow fever epidemic of 1852 in New Orleans.



Former State Senator A.G. Crowe discusses his quest to be elected Secretary of State at age 70. Celebrated Louisiana novelist David Madden on turning 85 tomorrow. Journalist Kate Davies on her book: "Intrinsic Hope.”

Renée Chatelain head of the Arts Council of Baton Rouge discusses the state of the arts in Louisiana. She is to be joined by acclaimed musician Victor Goines of New Orleans. Dr. Robert Newton (pictured) of the Pennington Biomedical Center on a study aiming to see if physical activity related to African American adults can improve brain function and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Historian Katherine Graham on her provocative book, “Christian Slavery,” which examines the connection between slavery and religion in America.