@wcntv commentary and Memoriam
Like it is and Soul Train were two of the most important television shows in Black America. Our mentors are leaving one by one but the legacy lives on. We share our deep condolences to the Noble Family and to all New Yorkers who have lost a voice crying in the wilderness. RIP Gil Noble.
Gil Noble, who became one of the city’s most revered black media voices for seeking the truth even when it was hard to find and hard to hear, died Thursday at the age of 80.
He had suffered a debilitating stroke last summer that forced him to leave “Like It Is,” the weekly public affairs program he had hosted on WABC-TV since 1967.
Over nearly five decades he became an admired colleague, an iconic community voice and an uncompromising survivor.
News director Bob Slade of WRKS (98.7 FM) noted that “Like It Is” was the last regular public affairs show in local mainstream media with a focus on black affairs, politics, music and culture.
“Like It Is” featured Noble’s commentary, analysis and interviews with thousands of guests, from the late Kwame Ture, Dr. Martin Luther King and civil rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer to entertainers like Lena Horne and Bill Cosby.
“Gil Noble’s life and work had a profound effect on our society and culture,” said WABC-TV President and General Manager Dave Davis. “His contributions are a part of history and will be remembered for years to come. Today, our hearts are with Gil’s family – his wife Jean and their five children – and we thank them for so lovingly sharing him with the world all these years.”