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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Conservative writer David Horowitz makes an abbreviated appearance on the show to discuss his thoughts on the protests in Kenosha and the President’s path to reelection. Judge-elect Tiffany Foxworth on her narrow win. Ted Jackson showcases his new book about Jackie Wallace.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin discusses his fall election plan that is supported by the Legislature but opposed by the Governor. Louisiana Independent Party Executive Director Bill Bryan explains why Tara Wicker was disqualified from the Mayor’s race. MIT Open Learning VP Sanjay Sarma on why we need to shake up the way we educate kids. 

Attorney E Eric Guirard discusses his run for Mayor. Famed Democratic political consultant Ray Strother analyzes the final night of the DNC.

Attorney and Democrat Lewis Unglesby reviews three days of the Democratic National Convention and attacks the President’s record. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard talks tort and fall election plans.

Rannah Gray, author of Familiar Evil, discusses a new Scott Rogers documentary. New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson talks about the ongoing Democratic National Convention. LSU Professor Kevin Cope explains why he’s not optimistic that in-person education, or football, will survive the fall semester.

Republicans Elbert Guillory and Quin Hillyer review the first night of the Democratic convention. Baton Rouge Area Chamber head Adam Knapp informs listeners that spending has dropped 20 percent in Baton Rouge since the end of the 600 dollar federally enhanced unemployment checks. Jean Guerrero discusses her research into Trump speech writer Stephen Miller.

LSU interim President Thomas Galligan talks about the start of classes, football, and tailgating. Our Lady of the Lake and LSU Health New Orleans infectious disease expert Dr. Catherine O’Neal and Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields discuss whether it is safe to have high school sports in the fall.

Baton Rouge mayoral candidate Jordan Piazza pitches listeners on why he should get the job. 19th Judicial District Court candidates Yvette Alexander and Tiffany Foxworth state their cases and discuss their judicial philosophies.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins discusses his run to unseat Senator Bill Cassidy. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard on the state of November races. EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Investar Bank CEO John D’Angelo unveil a new micro grant program.

BR DA Hillar Moore III on the rising number of homicides during the COVID summer. WLFT GM Lucas Fry and 94.1 radio host LaTangela Fay discuss two new debut films on the Louisiana Film Channel. Chief Medical Officer for Louisiana Healthcare Connections Dr. Stewart Gordon advocates for immunization.

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