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Gil Noble, Longtime Like It Is Host, Dies at 80

Gil Noble’s career at WABC/Channel 7 spanned more than four decades. He started as a reporter and weekend anchor in 1967, but it was his signature show, Like It Is, an African American weekly public affairs show that made him a legend. 

The station says Noble died peacefully today at age 80 following a long illness.

“Gil Noble’s life and work had a profound effect on our community and culture,” WABC president and general manager Dave Davis said in a statement. “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 [for] sharing him with the world all these years.”

On Like It Is, Noble interviewed top African-Americans dignitaries and luminaries including Arthur Ashe, Muhammed Ali, Nelson Mandela, and even Malcolm X. There were the entertainment heavyweights, such as Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, and Lena Horne.

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Al Primo, Man Who Created Eyewitness News, Wins Mark Twain Award

Al Primo, who FishbowlNY profiled in March, was the man responsible for creating the Eyewitness News format, first in Philadelphia, then at WABC/Channel 7 in 1968.

Last week, Primo got the latest of his career achievements–the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Journalism from the Connecticut Press Club.

“It’s always a special honor to be recognized by fellow journalists,” Primo tells FishbowlNY.

As part of his speech May 10 at the Norwalk Shore and Country Club, Primo gave a Top 10 list for making it in the business.

Here’s a portion of the list:

  1. Humility…It’s not just all about you
  2. Remember the people who got you to the top
  3. Youth has no fear…stay young

Today, Primo runs Teen Kids News, syndicated through the country, including Fox 5/WNYW and Long Island’s WLNY.

(VIDEO) Catching Up with Al Primo, the Man Behind Eyewitness News

It’s not a reach to call Al Primo a living legend. Primo is responsible, not just for putting Eyewitness News on the map at Channel 7  in 1968, but also for revolutionizing the local news industry. He was a trailblazing manager to be sure.

But before Primo could make his splash in New York, the Pittsburgh native was making a name for himself at his hometown KDKA. During his 12 years, Primo worked up the ranks to assistant news director.

Westinghouse, which owned KDKA, ultimately named Primo to head their Philadelphia TV station—KYW.

It was there in 1965, while looking over his contract, that Primo got the idea for Eyewitness News. Read more

Lunch: Tim Gunn Talks ‘Age Appropriate Fashion’ with Grace Mirabella

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If we’d come by on Monday, we would have run into Tyra Banks at breakfast and Harold Ford, Jr. at lunch. Oh, well. Michael’s was still brimming with plenty of the usual suspects today, and more than a few did a double take when Tim Gunn arrived with legendary editor Grace Mirabella on his arm.

When Project Runway‘s unflappable designer mentor sat down with the former Vogue editor, I wasn’t surprised to overhear their conversation turn immediately to fashion. Tim was all ears when asking Ms. Mirabella (whose namesake magazine remains one of my all-time favorites) about her thoughts on age-appropriate looks for everything from jeans to evening wear. Gathering intelligence for all those fledgling fashionistas, no doubt.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jack Myers of Jack Myers Media Advisory Group, presiding over a table of social media gurus: Huffington Post’s CEO Eric Hippeau, president Greg Coleman and senior vice president Phil Cara with Stephen Cannon of Mercedes Benz, Virgin Mobile’s Stacy Schwartz and Tom Cuniff of Combe Inc.

2. Peter Brown and John Reid

3. Producer John Hart (long time, no see!) with another distinguished looking white-haired gent

4. My good friend and publicist extraordinaire Catherine Saxton and Richard Smullen, co-founder and CEO of AdGenesis, beezag, and koppr. Catherine tells me she’s jetting off in a few days to Marabella to visit with “some Khashoggis.” Send us a postcard!

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