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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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Rep. Franklin Foil assesses his Senate quest against Beverly Brooks Thompson. Rep. Julie Stokes comments on her fight against breast cancer. 

EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore opines on crime in the  state’s largest parish. Brian Shaw of the LSU Music School joins acclaimed musician Ben Folds to preview their appearance later this week. Elaine LaLanne, widow of famed muscle man Jack LaLanne, reflects on her husband’s legacy to fitness. 

State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton previews the Louisiana Book Festival. Baseball great Denny McLain assesses the World Series. Hollywood icon Ruta Lee on Alex Trebek and Nikita Khrushchev.

Professor Jeff Sadow of LSU Shreveport and former state lawmaker Melissa Flournoy debate the fate of the governor’s race and the state of the presidency. Saints Coach Sean Payton in an interview with Graham Bensinger comments on President Trump and gun control. Dr. Gail Gross discusses her book “How to Build Your Baby’s Brain.” 

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain on the status of hemp in Louisiana and the governor’s election. Strain was re-elected to a fourth term on Oct. 12. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on Republican responses to Ukraine scandal testimonies, the Governor's race, and the future of St. George. Singer Susan Cowsill on her upcoming performance at the Dyson House November 7th. 

Colonel Rob Manesss, head of GatorPac and erstwhile U.S. Senate candidate, says he’s leaving the Republican Party because of actions by prominent GOP Louisiana donor Lane Grigsby. Tobin Smith, 14-year Fox News contributor and guest anchor, describes his association with the network in “Foxocracy.” 

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Eric Marshall on the season ahead. LSU Manship School Dean Martin Johnson comments on the departure of Sheppard Smith at Fox News and upheaval at NBC two years after Today Show host Matt Lauer was ousted. National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien, the acclaimed novelist, reflects on the challenges of fatherhood late in life. 

Kimberly Neustrom, Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, showcases a major gala. Author Lydia Pine on her book "Genunine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach us about Real Stuff". Susan Mailer, eldest daughter of Norman Mailer comments on his remarkable and controversial life. 

Candidate Belinda Davis on LA House District 70 runoff election against Barbara Freiberg. Noel Hammatt details tomorrow’s Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club's 70th Annual Pancake Breakfast which begins at 6 AM in the Carl Maddox Field House. Charles Bush on his film, Music Dreams An American Story, featuring Henry Turner Jr. and Turner’s influence on Baton Rouge Blues. 

LSU Journalism School Graduate Sydnie Kohara talks about anchoring network coverage for ABC when the San Francisco Earthquake hit the Bay Area 30 years ago tonight. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the bid by businessman Lane Grigsby to buy Franklin Foil out of a contested race for Senate District 16. Pulitzer Prize winner James Stewart discusses his book “Deep State, Trump, the FBI and the Rule of Law." Adam St. Pierre and Andrew Tadman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Saturday’s 6th annual Maiker Faire.

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