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 Immacule’e 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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Baton Rouge mayoral candidate Councilman Matt Watson explains why he is running for Mayor. Marilyn Stephens, Assistant Regional Census Manager for the 2020 Census for the Atlanta Region on the state’s census progress.

True Colors United Public Policy Director Dylan Waguespack discusses a life spent in Louisiana politics and the party Chair race. Political consultant Mary-Patricia Wray gives her thoughts on the party Chair race and the future of the state party. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard on his weekend column detailing the labyrinthine process voters at risk for COVID must endure to obtain an absentee ballot under a proposed election plan by the Secretary of State.  

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser discusses Hurricane Laura recovery efforts and the state’s now packed hotels. Former state lawmaker Dan Claitor gives his take on the BR mayor’s race. Poet Joshua Bennett on the mistreatment of African Americans in America.

Local TV legend George Sells discusses reporting in the age of Trump. Charismatic preacher David Diamond explains evangelical support for the President. Grammy nominated Baton Rouge bluesman Henry Turner Jr. talks about his new album and his Baton Rouge anthem.

Head of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Dr. Tim Seelig recounts his time as a Baptist preacher. LSU great and Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness Director Rudy Macklin encourages people to drop the Quarantine 15. Lake Charles Nic Hunter updates the audience on his city’s recovery from Hurricane Laura.

General Russel Honore‘ discusses recovery from Hurricane Laura and recent police shootings of Black men. Former White House aide Carter Page explains why he feels he was illegally targeted for harassment by the FBI, CIA, and Obama Administration over alleged ties to Russia. UL Lafayette Professor and Author John McNally on his latest work.

WRKF Meteorologist Dan Holiday reviews the damage from Hurricane Laura. Republican political consultant Roy Fletcher explains why he feels the Trump law and order messaging is beginning to pay off. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard discusses the extension of Phase Two.

Democratic political operative Trey Ourso surveys the first two nights of the GOP Convention.
Rabbi Barry Weinstein talks of his move from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles where he will head a congregation awaiting Hurricane Laura. State Rep. Ted James explains his support of Judge Yvette Alexander in her bid to unseat fellow Democratic Judge Tiffany Foxworth, who won a special election by 27 votes. Historian Harold Holzer recaps presidential battles with the media from Washington to Trump.

Conservative writer David Horowitz makes an abbreviated appearance on the show to discuss his thoughts on the protests in Kenosha and the President’s path to reelection. Judge-elect Tiffany Foxworth on her narrow win. Ted Jackson showcases his new book about Jackie Wallace.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin discusses his fall election plan that is supported by the Legislature but opposed by the Governor. Louisiana Independent Party Executive Director Bill Bryan explains why Tara Wicker was disqualified from the Mayor’s race. MIT Open Learning VP Sanjay Sarma on why we need to shake up the way we educate kids. 

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