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 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.

Joining us to talk about unique ways for citizens to weigh in on ways to resolve state budget woes, we have LSU Mass Communications Professor Len Apcar, Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs, and Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate Mark Ballard.


State Representative C. Denise Marcelle speaks with us about race in Baton Rouge and also addresses week three of the state legislative session.


Reporter Della Hasselle touches on concerns that some of the destruction from the historic flooding of 2016 could have been prevented and that one interstate highway is to blame.


Richard Marksbury talks in response to the decision by the city of New Orleans to perform an unannounced removal of the controversial Battle of Liberty Place obleisk early Monday morning. Marksbury advocates against the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces in New Orleans.


Michael Henderson, Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, talks about his survey showing a great divide in Baton Rouge and statewide about perceptions and opinions of policing and racial equality. He also speaks with us about last summer's protests in Baton Rouge.


Heather Sewell Day, event director for the Louisiana International Film Festival, and John Dardenne, master of ceremonies for the festival, talk with us about the opening of the film festival tonight.


The Deepwater Horizon tragedy took place seven years ago today. Keith Jones is the father of Gordon Jones, one of the victims of the incident. Keith talks with us about the aftermath of the loss of his son and what has happened as a result of Deepwater Horizon.


U.S. Representative Garret Graves, reprsenting the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana, phones in to chat about disaster response and Gov. John Bel Edwards' response regarding Congress and blame for the slow flow of federal disaster funds.


D-D Breaux, LSU Gymnastics Coach for 40 years, comments on her team finishing second in the nation two years in a row.


Former LSU gymnast Susan Jackson phones us to talk about LSU's recent second-place finish.


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