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.

Ways to Connect

Senator Cleo Fields of Baton Rouge previews the session and gives the latest on precautions against coronavirus. Author Ariana Neumann on her father’s survival in Nazi Germany. Chef Elana Horwich discusses her book “Meal and Spiel.”

Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders looks at the coronavirus crisis.

Rob Shadoin and Mary Patricia Wray preview the start of the legislative session. Andy Anderson and Fred Dent break down today’s market turmoil due to the collapsing price of oil.

Erin Hawley on Chuck Schumer’s US Supreme Court comments. Lamar White on the Democratic Primary.

Dallas Hartwig on eating and living healthy. Mark Ballard on insurance, Joe Biden. Stephanie Posa on Insurance.

Famed political consultant James Carville recaps an eventful Super Tuesday.  Baton Rouge Library’s Mary Stein.

Sean Illing of Vox previews Super Tuesday. Veteran Political Consultant Roy Fletcher looks at the Democratic endorsements of Joe Biden as the former vice president seeks to challenge Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for his party’s nomination. LSU Mass Communication Professor Lance Porter previews this week’s John Breaux Symposium.

Guest host Jan Swift talks to new Louisiana Senate President Page Cortez about the issues that will define the upcoming session, and Anne Kim about the growing number of “opportunity deserts”.

Paul Arrigo, who heads Visit Baton Rouge, comments on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on tourism. Erin Khar discusses her 15-year battle against opioid addiction derailed in her book “Strung Out.”

Political Consultant Ray Strother opines about the Presidential election and the politics of Coronavirus. Mark Ballard of The Advocate weighs in on the jockeying for position in the legislative session starting March 9.