This 1979 documentary video chases the late Jim HAMBLIN through his typical workday. Jim was a Street Reporter for KCBS-AM News Radio in San Francisco. Jim's office was inside City Hall. Glen Pensinger and I shot it for Ken Blasé in the San Jose State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.
At the time this was shot, Dianne Feinstein was the new mayor having just taken over after Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by former supervisor Dan White. The amount of security was significantly less than it is now.
Jim is seen working in his office, and the in a Board of Supervisor’s meeting. Jim also attends a Police Commission meeting in the Hall of Justice building, and then filing a report from a gas station phone booth.
As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, Jim was blessed with a deep, precise radio voice, a profound, cynical sense of humor, and a huge passion for doing what he did. We miss you a lot Jim.
For you techies, this is one of the first projects we shot in color. We used a two-piece CEI camera, which meant the camera was mounted on a shoulder brace and the guts of the camera were in a box attached to a homemade rolling cart. Also n the cart was a U-Matic ¾ inch recorder with two channels of audio. On one we recorded our high quality Sennheiser shotgun mic, and on the other we put the output of a small AM radio tuned to KCBS. The ¾ inch tapes were immediately dubbed to 2-inch Quad tape, and then edited Quad to Quad with a homemade time code system.
OBTW: Glen Pensinger, who did sound on this project, and Jim Hamblin were life-long friends having gone through middle school and high school together in San Bernardino, CA.