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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East Baton Rouge Parish Chief Public Defender Michael Mitchell and Deputy Lindsay Blouin makes their case for a new source of funding from the parish government, as the department’s resources dwindle and case load increases. Bobby Lamb, The Advocate business editor, on the state of the Baton Rouge economy and The Advocate's upcoming 2020 Economic Outlook Summit on January 7th. 

 Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Transportation, on changes in Louisiana road conditions and challenges for the department. Author Chris Russo Blackwood reflects on a 30-year-old Louisiana murder case which inspired her recent book, My Brother's Keeper. 

Local attorney Charles Landry discusses St. George annexation. Dr. John Kirwan, executive director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, showcases his plan for the Pennington bariatric research and treatment center. 

Advocate Columnist Stephanie Grace comments on how national politics is shaping the political environment with Senator John Kennedy leading the charge for President Trump. Darlene Adams Rowland of BREADA previews the screening of the award-winning documentary film “The Biggest Little Farm” Sunday at the Manship Theatre.

Reporter Stanley Nelson details cold cases of racial killings in Louisiana and Mississippi in the 1960s that have been solved including the death of Frank Morris in Ferriday on Dec. 10, 1964. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on preparation for next month’s inaguration and how Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy stand on impeachment. Vocalist and musician Rachel Ammons previews her performance tonight at the Dyson House. 

Reporter Dan Moldea comments on the impeachment hearing by the House Judiciary Committee and the search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, missing since 1975. Dr. John Dickson , Chair of the LSU Choral Program, talks about the annual LSU Candlelight Concert. 

Senator Dan Claitor and Rep. Steve Carter reflect on three terms in the Legislature as they depart office after 12 years at the Capitol. Carter lost to Franklin Foil by four votes in his quest to represent citizens in District 16, the seat vacated by Claitor. 

LSU Basketball Great Rudy Macklin comments on the historic season for LSU football and his role as the head of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Paul Arrigo of Visit Baton Rouge looks at the year in tourism and challenges in promoting Baton Rouge and New Orleans amid dire crime news. 

Financial advisers Andy Anderson and Ameen Walker assess the state of the economy, the stock market and investment strategies for 2020 on the busiest shopping day of the year. Ecologist Alejandro Frid on his book “Changing Tides, An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Athropocene.” 

LSU graduate Sydnie Kohara recalls being on the anchor desk in San Francisco 30 years ago when a major earthquake rattled the Bay Area and caused $5 billion in damages; Author Ruta Sepytes on her book “The Fountains of Silence” about Franco’s Spain in 1957; Singer Roslyn Kind, sister of Barbra Streisand, reflects on her career; Producer Matt Doyle talks with Shankar Vedantam, host of NPR’s “The Hidden Brain.”