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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.

Ways to Connect

Colonel Rob Maness, head of Gator PAC, and attorney Mike Wolf, longtime leader of the Louisiana Libertarian Party, square off on state and national politics as the governor’s election is ten days away and President Trump faces an impeachment inquiry. Chicago Chef Iliana Regan, the first author of a cookbook to be longlisted for the National Book Award since Julia Child in 1980, talks about her odyssey which includes alcohol abuse and settling into a sexuality not always cohesive with her native Indiana. Women of Wrestling star Stephy Slays notes her rise at age 22 as a standout in the leading women’s professional wrestling organization. Jamie Setze, Executive Director of the Capital Region Planning Commission, encourage citizens to watch for the upcoming travel survey in the mail.

Candidate for Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple on his challenge of fellow Republican, incumbent Jim Donelon, in the Oct. 12 primary. Loyola University President Tania Tetlow, lawyer, law professor and first woman and first layperson to hold the top position at the New Orleans campus. 

LSU Marching Band Director Kelvin Jones and Assistant Director Cliff Croomes discuss the rich history of the Golden Band from Tigerland. National Book Award winner Robert Jay Lifton assesses themes in his book “Losing Reality, On cults, Cultism, Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry.”

Danny Heitman, editorial writer for The Advocate, comments on state and local politics and his award winning column “At Random.” Dan Moldea, well known investigative reporter, surveys the landscape in the Beltway where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has opened an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. 

Dr. Allison Stanger, author of “Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump,” comments on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump related to a whistleblower complaint.  Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, previews tonight’s gubernatorial debate 16 days before the Oct. 12 primary.

Quin Hillyer, conservative columnist and commentator and former top aide to Louisiana Congressman Bob Livingston, comments on impeach proceedings launched against President Trump.Dr. James Gordon, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and Toni Bankston, executive director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center, preview the Community Day of Healing on Baton Rouge on September 27th.

Pennington Biomedical Center Professor and President of the Obesity Society Steven Heymsfield discusses the epidemic of overweight Americans and reflects on his childhood friendship with President Trump, who grew up on the same block in Queens in the 1950s and early 1960s. Author William Schaberg comments on his work, “Writing the Big Book,” The Creation of A.A.”

Sean Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Lamar Advertising, talks about the largest business based in Baton Rouge and his time in the Louisiana House as a state representative from 1988-96.

LSU Manship Professor and Louisiana Political Hall of Famer Bob Mann assesses Thursday’s gubernatorial debate and the state of the Trump presidency. Holly Howat, Executive Director of Beacon Community Connections in Lafayette, discusses health care accessibility and the 2019 South Louisiana Culture of Health Summit. Bridget Gordon, registered nurse and coordinator of the Community Injury Prevention Program at University Medical Center New Orleans, conveys the importance of child safety seats. Carlos Thomas of Baton Rouge, former Vanderbilt running back, looks at Saturday’s game in Nashville between his alma mater and LSU.

State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton remembers the late journalist Cokie Roberts, who died this week at 75.

 

Harrison Golden of WVLA previews tonight’s gubernatorial debate at the LSU Union Theater.

 

Mark Ballard of the Advocate assesses the governor’s election 23 days before the Oct. 12 primary.

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