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 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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Senator-Elect Franklin Foil discusses the new look Legislature that will be seated at the State Capitol on Monday. Author Zach Williams remembers LSU football coach Bo Rein who died 40 years ago today in a plane crash. Ron Higgins, editor of Tiger Rag, previews the LSU-Clemson national championship game Monday night at the Superdome.

Author Molly Carmel comments on the perils of a sugar laden diet. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the resignations of John White and Rebecca Gee and the Louisiana congressional delegation on Iran and President Trump. Stacy Wolf of Princeton on Broadway in America.

LSU professor Brooks Elwood comments on new revelations about the Indian Mounds. Retired Air Force Rob Maness and Lamar White of The Bayou Brief chime in on turbulence between the U.S. and Iran.

Journalist Danny Heitman on his new career move after 33 years at the Advocate. Pastor Donnie Wilkinson of Broadmoor United Methodist on the schism in his Church over the issue of gay marriage.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Economist Mike Bertaut comments on the state of the Affordable Care Act amid a split decision from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court. Visit http://www.ldh.la.gov/HealthyLaDashboard/ for Louisiana stats on the Medicaid expansion.


Congressman Mike Johnson opines about impeachment and the drone attack that killed prominent Iranian leader.

Friday, January 3rd: Professor Jeff Sadow of LSU-Shreveport and Professor Dayne Sherman of Southeastern Louisiana University chime in from opposite sides of the political spectrum to assess the November 3rd election, ten months from today.

Friday, January 3rd

Jan 3, 2020

Veteran anchorman George Sells compares media coverage of Watergate with the Clinton and Trump impeachments. Mark Ballard of the Advocate looks at the top stories of 2019.

Prolific writer and NPR contributor Ed Cullen discusses the big events of 2019. Pam Bordelon of The Advocate runs down the top 10 parties of the year. 

Lawyer Lewis Unglesby comments on trial lawyers becoming a political issue and the state’s pursuit of coastal damages from the oil and gas industry. An encore interview from 1994 with reporter Carley McCord, one of five people killed Saturday in a plane crash in Lafayette. McCord was on her way to Atlanta to cover the LSU-Oklahoma game. She was married to Steve Ensminger Jr., son of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.