Jim Whaley (1948-1992) created and hosted Cinema Showcase on Atlanta public television station WPBA (Channel 30) from 1972 to 1992. He previously hosted Cinema Soundtrack for two years on WABE-FM radio, and was for 12 years the film reviewer for Atlanta's Creative Loafing newspaper. Before his death, he served as a member of the Georgia Film and Videotape Commission's Advisory Board.
In the era before Turner Classic Movies, American Movie Classics, or Netflix, public television was one of the few broadcast outlets showing classic films in their entirety and uninterrupted by commercials. Cinema Showcase was syndicated to several U.S. television markets. Whaley attended premieres and press junkets and interviewed movie and television stars, authors, and playwrights on location and in his Atlanta studio. Some of his interview subjects were Francois Truffaut, Paul Lynde, Lillian Gish, Erskine Caldwell, and Steven Spielberg.
The Media Archives holdings of Cinema Showcase include completed as-aired programs as well as raw footage for the program, and video press information (such as clips) on theatrical films being reviewed by Whaley during their release periods. The archival material exists on 3/4" U-Matic videotape and 2" videotape, both broadcast standard at the time but now obsolete formats. Transfers have been made of several programs for viewing and research; additional transfers can be made by request. Similarly, we have audio materials from Whaley’s radio program Cinema Soundtrack which are as yet uncataloged.
Requests to view or listen to the material should be made to the Media Department Head.