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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Political consultants Roy Fletcher and James Carville give their takes on the upcoming Presidential Election. WRKF station manager Paul Maassen makes his pitch for why you should become a member.

CEO of Acadian Ambulance Richard Zuschlag discusses Louisiana’s recovery from multiple named storms. New Yorker writer Evan Osnos on the life of Joe Biden. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard on where we’re at in the battle of the House vs. Governor Edwards.

Conservative commentator Michael Medved discusses the state of the election. State House Republican Chair Blake Miguez on the House petition to end the Governor’s public health emergency.

Dr. E. Faye Williams and Dr. Gene Mills discuss the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The Advocate’s Tyler Bridges on the state of the Senate race. Together Baton Rouge’s Maggie Conarro argues against Amendment Five.

Former US Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer voices his concerns with the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Auburn professor Connor Towne O’Neill discusses the legacy of confederate and pro-slavery monuments in the South. Author James Rollins on his new works of fiction.

World famous tailor Manuel Martinez analyzes how the two presidential candidates presented themselves at last night’s debate. Louisiana Good Roads President Ken Perret asks the question, is the November 3rd ballot just too long? Professor Jean Schroedel discusses voting in Indian country.

Jim talks caller's comments on tonight's presidential debate. The Advocate's Mark Ballard discusses the US Senate race and ammendments. 

Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore discusses another alleged LSU hazing incident and the COVID-linked spike in violent crime. LSU Professor Jerry Ceppos previews the upcoming debate and explains how presidential debate moderation might be the worst job in journalism these days.

Co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good Chuck Collins discusses the US’s rapidly increasing wealth inequality gap. Janet Simmons with Hope Ministries on the dynamics of poverty. Chris Warner on his new book Tailgater’s Guide to SEC Football Volume V.

Libertarian presidential candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen states her case for why you should vote for her on the November 3rd ballot. Stoneman Douglas AP teacher Jeff Foster explains why we need more citizen involvement in government. Rosemarie Day states the case for why women should lead the fight for universal healthcare in the US.