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.

On the show today we visit with Tony Clayton, the prosecutor in Iberville Parish. He updates us on the latest in the Scott Rogers saga. It took a new turn Friday as the shooter in the case, Matthew Hodgkinson, died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Hodgkinson shot Scott Rogers then shot himself on August 27th.
 

The Nation and the world have been riveted with this case. People Magazine, in its latest issue, features Scott Rogers in a long piece about his sordid past.

 

We ask Clayton where the investigation goes from here. Is it closed?

 

The Rabbi Barry Weinstein who was a frequent guest on Scott's Around Town Radio Show.

 
And The Reverend Steve Crump from the Unitarian Church.

 
 
Today on the show we visit with Musheer Robinson, the Economic Development Director for the Louisiana NAACP. Robinson has some thoughts about race in America in the aftermath of the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri.
 
 

And the latest development involving a Baton Rouge police officer accused of sending racist texts, resigning and possibly facing criminal charges.

 
 

Also we visit with Dan Borne, the Voice of the Valley since 1986. He's the man at the PA system and whose voice will permeate the rafters of Tiger Stadium with its new capacity of 102,321, the 9th largest arena in the world, as LSU opens against Sam Houston State in its home opener Saturday night.

 
 

And Steve Almond his book..talk about taking on a sacred cow, "Against Football" - one man's reluctant manifesto.

 

Political historian and Media Professor with the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, Bob Mann, reviews the landscape of Louisiana with Jim this morning.
 
We also hear from St. Michaels and LSU graduate Carley McCored, a current Broadcast Media Professional in Cleveland. Carley was Miss Greater Baton Rouge 2013 and a two-time First Runner-up to Miss Louisiana. She is a model, actress, radio and television personality.
 

Former Louisiana Governor and candidate for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Edwin Edwards joins us for the first part of today's show. Edwards discusses his stance on certain issues like abortion, the U.S.-Mexico border, American troops in Afghanistan, and much, much more.

Southern University Faculty Senate President Dr. Thomas Miller and Vice President Dr. Albert Samuels drop by the studio to discuss their disagreements with SU President Dr. Ronald Mason and the remarks Dr. Mason made on our show on Monday.

Also, Bob Jacobsen from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers closes out today's show with Jim to discuss the ASCE Louisiana Chapter's 100th anniversary this year. The anniversary will be celebrated this Saturday August 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.


Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden of Baton Rouge joins the show for the full hour today to discuss the Fairness Ordinance, his bid for Lieutenant Governor, the latest from the City of St. George proposal, and much, much more. 


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