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

Former state rep. Steve Carter discusses his run for Mayor. Legendary pitcher Denny McLain talks about the impact of COVID on the ongoing baseball season.

Legendary artist John Waters discusses his new autobiography Mr. Know It All. Former Governor Edwin Edwards on the eve of his birthday. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon visits to talk about the state of insurance in Louisiana.

Lions of Fifth Avenue author Fiona Davis discusses her work of historical fiction involving the New York Public Library. Acclaimed writer John Barry compares the COVID pandemic to the 1918 flu.

BREC head Adam Knapp updates us on the state of Baton Rouge business in the COVID era. Treasurer John Schroder discusses the status of the Main Street Recovery Program. Robert Draper details his new book To Start A War: How the Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq.

Botanic Gardens Director Dr. Jeff Kuehny and photographer Marie Constantin discuss the pollution of lakes in Baton Rouge. Investigative reporter Dan Moldea analyzes the state of the Presidential election.

Louisiana Lottery CEO Rose Hudson on her long tenure, and the state of lotto games in the pandemic era. Investigative Journalist Greg Palast discusses his work investigating voter suppression and how it could impact the 2020 election. Nancy L. Johnston on her book Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Yourself In Someone Else.

Southern Poli Sci Chair Albert Samuels discusses the President’s tweet requesting an election delay. Mark Ballard updates us on the state of November races and the renaming effort at LSU. Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Levitz details her new book about the admissions scandal.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser updates the audience on the status of tourism in the age of COVID-19. Former ACLU Louisiana head Marjorie Esman discusses the current balance of the US Supreme Court.

Louisiana Family Forum head Gene Mills discusses the President’s performance, reelection odds, and accomplishments for the evangelical community. Baton Rouge Youth Coalition executive director Lucas Spielfogel on the start of schools.

Lamar White of the Bayou Brief and former Senator John Milkovich discuss the Senate and Presidential races. Prolific writer David Madden discusses his recent work.

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