Jim Engster


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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Rev. Chris Andrews and Mike Manning of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank comment on the significance of the holiday as well as President Trump and LSU Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.

We'll be back with more Talk Louisiana Thursday, December 26th. 

EBR Councilman Matt Watson on the year in review as St. George was approved and Mayor Broome seeks re-election against Watson, a possible challenger. Actor John Schneider of Livingston Parish on his latest works, including a movie, book and hit song. Sasha Thackaberry updates listeners about LSU Online. 

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser assesses the year in tourism. Mark Ballard of the Advocate looks at the impeachment of President Trump and the departure of President King Alexander at LSU. 

Former Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory, a lawyer from Opelousas who is Director of Minority Outreach for the Louisiana Republican Party, assesses impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta comments on his role with the Trump Administration and rising costs of utilities in Louisiana. Former LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope discusses the abrupt resignation of President and Chancellor King Alexander, who is leaving LSU for Oregon State. LSU Music Professor Brian Shaw previews the 8th Annual Cool Winter Nights, Hot Jazz at the Manship Theatre. 

Dr. Faye Williams, National President/CEO of the National Congress of Black Women, and Former Louisiana Senator and Representative Ben Bagert. 

Activist Darrell Glasper and Dr. Carl Luikart comment on the 50th anniversary of the first prep basketball game between a white school and black school in Baton Rouge. Tom Aswell of Louisiana Voice on the impeachment bids against Huey Long and Donald Trump. 

Judge Kathleen Richey, executive director of CASA in Louisiana, talks about the 17 state chapters and volunteers who advocate for underprivileged children. Mark Ballard, Capitol Reporter, comments on opposition to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards from 95 Republicans in the Legislature with inauguration one month away. Emma Reid, LPB producer, details her documentary about duck hunting, “In the Blind.” 

East Baton Rouge Parish Chief Public Defender Michael Mitchell and Deputy Lindsay Blouin makes their case for a new source of funding from the parish government, as the department’s resources dwindle and case load increases. Bobby Lamb, The Advocate business editor, on the state of the Baton Rouge economy and The Advocate's upcoming 2020 Economic Outlook Summit on January 7th. 

 Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Transportation, on changes in Louisiana road conditions and challenges for the department. Author Chris Russo Blackwood reflects on a 30-year-old Louisiana murder case which inspired her recent book, My Brother's Keeper.