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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19th district Judicial candidates Quintillis Lawrence, Joel Porter and Eboni Johnson-Rose drop by to state their case for the job. Investigative reporter Greg Palast discusses voter suppression in the 2020 election. Sarah Smarsh discusses her new book on Dolly Parton. 

Eli Lilly COO of Global Marketing Whitney Breaux recounts her battle with breast cancer. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard discusses the ongoing legislative assault on Governor Edwards’ public health authority. Opera Louisiane General Director Leanne Clement previews The Barber of Seville.

Hall of Fame pitcher Denny McLain discusses the upcoming World Series and the Astro’s lack of integrity. Monroe Senator Katrina Jackson explains her support for Amendment One, which touches on abortion. Writer Matt Hart unveils the dark underbelly of Nike running. Mary Stein with the EBR library system celebrates the reopening of book stacks.

Public Affairs Research Council head Robert Travis Scott discusses Amendment Number Five on the November ballot.  Clarissa Ward, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, on her new book. Author Brad Meltzer explains why he feels young people need to learn more about the Holocaust and Anne Frank.

General Russel Honoré discusses the need for volunteer work in southwest Louisiana and the Presidential election. The Center for Planning Excellence’s Camille Manning-Broome and Jessica McKelvie-Kemp on the yearly Smart Growth Summit. Professor Howard Frumkin has a new book out Planetary Health. 

WRKF Meteorologist Dan Holiday updates us on the status of Delta. US Senate candidate Peter Wenstrup on why he is running to unseat Senator Bill Cassidy. Pelican Institute head Daniel Erspamer discusses the November ballot amendments. Prolific author Lisa Unger drops by to discuss her latest work.  

Political consultant Mary-Patricia Wray reviews the Vice Presidential Debate. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard discusses the sudden resignation of the EBR Superintendent. Historian Kenneth Davis on five of modern history’s most notable dictators.

Political consultant Ray Strother previews the upcoming Vice Presidential Debate and the state of the election just a few weeks out from November 3rd.

Baton Rouge Chamber head Adam Knapp discusses the effects of COVID-19 on BR businesses. Political consultant Roy Fletcher talks about upcoming election and recent mayoral forum. Author Francesca Beauman calls from Great Britain to talk about her new book, “Matrimony, Inc.: from personal ads to swiping right, a story of America looking for love"

Congressman Mike Johnson reviews the President’s health and debate performance. Renowned Louisiana journalist Tyler Bridges on the legacy off the recent departed former Governor Mike Foster. Louisiana Public Health Institute Managing Director Kristie Bardell explains the need for further sex education.

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