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 Immaculee’ 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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Former Louisiana lawmaker Elbert Guillory, an Opelousas lawyer and head of Minority Outreach for the State GOP, talks about the three church fires at historically black churches in his parish of St. Landry, assesses the comeback of Tiger Woods and the prospect for re-election of Gov. John Bel Edwards and President Donald Trump. Ameen Walker of First Financial Tax and Accounting Services surveys the winners and losers at the tax deadline under the tax reform measure signed by President Trump.

Lieutenant Gov. Billy Nungesser on a huge month for tourism in Louisiana and the ninth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. Chris Meyer, CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge, assesses charter schools in Baton Rouge and the hunt for new superintendent of schools.

Democrat Eddie Ashworth and Republican Scott Wilfong exchange views of the political landscape exactly six months before the Oct. 12 primary. Music Critic John Wirt looks at Blues Fest in Baton Rouge and the French Quarter Fest in New Orleans. Author Lisa Wingate talks about her appearance at the Main Library tomorrow night and her book about a notorious scandal in wich the director of Memphis adoption agency kidnapped and sold children to wealthy families across the nation.

Former Trump Administration official George Papadopoulos on his status as the first person convicted in the Mueller probe. His book is “Deep State Target.” Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the opening of the Legislative Session and an election six months from the October primary. Trumpeters Brian Shaw and Wayne Bergeron preview their concert with the LSU Jazz Ensemble. Legendary cartoonist Cathy Guisewite talks about her 34-year run as one of the nation’s most published cartoonists and her latest work of essays about the challenges of womanhood.

University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson assesses funding for higher education in Louisiana as college leaders hold a rally at the State Capitol. LSU Manship School Director of the Public Policy Research Lab Michael Henderson provides information on voter opinion of the Louisiana economy and a potential gasoline tax increase. Henderson also unveils polling indicating strong support for minimum wage increases. Fairleigh Jackson of Preserve Louisiana previews an April 11 event, “How Juke Joints Shaped the Blues.”

Republican Rob Maness and Democrat Dayne Sherman exchange views on state and national politics. Former Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Defense Secretary John Kirby comments on classified communications. Su King of the Baton Rouge Concert Band on Sunday’s concert as part of the Ebb and Flow Festival. Singer Carson McHone previews her appearance at Zeeland Market.

Advocate Investigative Reporter Bryn Stole analyzes the saga of suspended LSU basketball coach Will Wade. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, comments on the upcoming regular legislative session and discusses votes likely to come  from the Louisiana delegation in the U.S. House on taking gun rights away from those convicted of domestic abuse and the Democratic majority request for six years of presidential tax returns. Lulu Roman of Hee Haw fame on her appearance this weekend in Livingston Parish.

Former State Lawmaker Erich Ponti, who heads the Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads, comments on the prospect of the Louisiana Legislature embracing a boost in gasoline taxes during an election year. WRKF Station Manager Paul Maassen discusses funding for Public Radio in Baton Rouge as the station approaches its 40thanniversary of broadcasting to South Louisiana. New Orleans Author Samantha Downing reflects on overnight recognition for her first published novel “My Lovely Wife.”

Mike Bertaut, Chief Health Care Economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, reviews possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, now nine years old. What will happen to public health care in Louisiana if Congress or the courts strike down Obamacare? Bertaut notes that 53 percent of state residents are recipients of Medicaid or Medicare benefits. Actor and singer John Schneider discusses his life in Livingston Parish which includes a flood and bankruptcy. Schneider remains active and in Louisiana despite his recent challenges.

WAFB Morning Show Host and Crime Stoppers Reporter Matt Williams comments on the prospect of Village St. George. Sportswriter Ron Rapoport on the baseball legacy of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks. Clive Thompson of the New York Times discusses his book “Coders, The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World.”

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