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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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Republican Political Consultant Roy Fletcher comments on the gubernatorial runoff between Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards and Republican Eddie Rispone and the prospective three way runoff for the Louisiana Senate with Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson facing Republicans Steve Carter and Franklin Foil who tied for second place. Foil is Fletcher’s client. LSU Professor Vincent LiCata previews the SciArt New Science Play Festival at LSU. Capitol Park Museum Curator Joey David on exhibits featuring Martin Luther King’s hearse and the Canary Islands. 

Former Democratic Congressman Charles Melancon of Napoleonville on the death of moderates in American politics and the forecast for the Nov. 16 runoff for governor between John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone. Lizy Dastin, art history professor at UCLA, discusses the popularity of public art in our country and in Baton Rouge.

Republican Dan Claitor and Democrat Jim Nickel comment on the gubernatorial primary with Governor Edwards being forced into a runoff with challenger Eddie Rispone and Claitor’s vacated Senate now a tie between Franklin Foil and Steve Carter for second place behind Beverly Brooks Thompson. 

Public Service Commissioner and ranking Democrat Foster Campbell exchanges views with Republican activist Darrell Glasper, invited guest of the White House to tonight’s Trump rally in Lake Charles on the eve of Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary. Linda Gail Lewis, rock veteran and sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, talks about her show tonight at the Dyson House, hosted at Zeeland Street Market in Baton Rouge. 

Conservative columnist and commentator Michelle Malkin comments on immigration in the age of President Trump, who visits Lake Charles tomorrow night. EBR Clerk of Court Doug Welborn on his quest for an eighth term against a vigorous challenge from recent guest Donna Collins Lewis. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard looks at the governor’s election two days from the Oct. 12 primary. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican foes Eddie Rispone and Ralph Abraham debated for a fourth and final time last night in Shreveport.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of the slain senator and attorney general and nephew of President John Kennedy, comments on his environmental mission. Kennedy appears in Baton Rouge Thursday as the keynote speaker for the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. RFK Jr. is joined by Monica Fisher, the outreach coordinator for the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. Darryl Gissel and Mark Armstrong, Chief Adminstrative and Communications Officers for Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, look at Saturday’s election to approve or stop the formation of the Village of St. George. Skidmore College Professor Robert Boyers reflects on his book “The Tyranny of Virtue.” Boyers says too many campuses are protecting students from uncomfortable ideas. 

Democrat Mary Patricia Wray and Republican Scott Wilfong square off on the governor’s election four days away from the Oct. 12 primary. Famed Sports Sociologist Harry Edwards chimes in on the wisdom of paying college athletes after the signing of bill allowing this by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin comment on the legacy of the explosive confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Melanie Couvillion, director of the Manship Theatre, on the year ahead in the arts downtown.

Former Louisiana Congressman and high ranking member in the administration of George H. W. Bush Henson Moore celebrates his 80th birthday and reflects on what he sees as changes for the worse in American politics. Former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn, who won two NCAA titles as a Tiger and a Super Bowl ring with Green Bay talks about life after football and LSU’s Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Burrow. 

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon assesses his reelection quest against the challenge of Tim Temple. Donelon has served 13 years in his current post. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the election landscape nine days before the Oct. 12 primary. Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels discusses the Clean Fuels Summit. Dr. Trey Dunbar, President of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, talks about the new children’s hospital in Baton Rouge. 

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