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WABC Pays Tribute to Gil Noble

WABC/Channel 7 remembered its longtime friend and colleague Gil Noble yesterday. On the station’s weekly African-American public affairs show Here and Now, host Sandra Bookman opened the program with a six-minute remembrance of Noble.

Noble, the trailblazing journalist was the co-host and reporter on Like It Is when it debuted in 1968. He remained host of the award-winning show documenting the black experience for 43 years. Noble suffered a severe stroke last summer and died Thursday.

Bookman interspersed vintage clips of Noble, with several former guests sharing their memories. Noble’s daughter Lisa, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Reverend Al Sharpton, and former Mayor David Dinkins were among those interviewed for the tribute.

It’s not clear whether Channel 7 rushed to do the Noble piece after his death or if it were recorded previously, given Noble’s deteriorating state. For what it’s worth, Bookman’s voice-over may shed some light.

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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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Class of 2012 McDonald’s Black Media Legends Named

McDonalds has once again named Black Media Legends, several of whom are broadcasters in New York.

This is the 10th year of the program, and for the first time a pair of special awards will be given.

Iconic voice of African Americans, Gil Noble (right) is receiving the McDonald’s Harold Dow Lifetime Achievement Award. Noble was host and producer of Channel 7/WABC’s Like It Is from its inception in 1968 until taking ill last summer.

Tom Joyner, national radio host, heard in New York on KISS FM, has beed named the Hal Jackson Vanguard Award Winner. In addition to being a Hall of Famer radio personality, he is the founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation supporting historically black colleges and universities, and Joyner created of BlackAmericaweb.com.

More award winners after the jump.

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FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Controversial Start Within Black Community for WABC’s Like It Is Replacement

It’s a new era for WABC/Channel 7, which is set to debut a new public affairs program. As we reported earlier this month, a stroke in late July forced Gil Noble to step down after amassing parts of six decades as host of Like It Is.

Last week, the station aired a farewell tribute to Noble, who remains in serious condition.

WABC was scheduled to start the new black themed program, Here and Now, in the same Sunday at noon timeslot, this weekend. However, Channel 7 general manager Dave Davis tells FishbowlNY that it may be pushed it back a week.

“In the transfer of some of the audio … comments by Councilman Charles Barron were lost in that process,” Davis says. “They’ve located another copy of the tape.”

Activist group, the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP) has been vocal about the direction of the new show.

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Remembering ‘One of a Kind’ WCBS/Channel 2 Anchorman Vic Miles

Vic Miles anchoring in 1978

For a quarter-century, Vic Miles was a steady rock at WCBS/Channel 2. His delivery was simple, not flourishing. His looks weren’t of a matinee idol; he appeared at times to have a suit too big for his slender build. Miles was a newsman, whether in the field or at the anchor desk.

Miles’ son Vincent Levy confirms to FishbowlNY that his father died last night. Miles, who had been in declining health, was hospitalized Saturday in New York. He was 79.

“I think he liked reporting a lot, because he was naturally suited to it,” former WCBS anchor Carol Martin recalls.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Breaking: Jim Watkins Fired From WPIX, September 30
  2. Jill Nicolini Welcomed in Her WNYW Debut, October 3
  3. With Jim Watkins Out at WPIX, Kaity Tong Takes Weekends, September 30
  4. Fortune Lists 50 Most Popular Women in Business, September 30
  5. WABC/Channel 7 Moves on Without Gil Noble, Like It Is, October 3
  6. The Economist to Host a Trivia Night, October 3
  7. Michael Wolff is Not Being Fired After All, October 4
  8. An Addition to the WCBS/Channel 2 Weather Team, October 4

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WABC/Channel 7 Moves On Without Gil Noble, Like It Is

A severe stroke has brought an end the storied career of Gil Noble at WABC/Channel 7 and his award-winning program Like It Is.

Noble, as we reported previously, was hospitalized in July with the medical condition.

WABC general manager Dave Davis confirms to FishbowlNY, the veteran of Channel 7 for more than four decades, is unable to return to his beloved show as he recovers.

“He continues to recuperate, and according to his family, is making progress,” Davis emailed staffers. “We join them in their prayers for a complete recovery.”

Since Noble, 79, took ill, Davis had been airing classic Like It Is episodes. But Davis says that will not continue.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Fred Imus, Brother of Don Imus, Dies at 69, August 8
  2. Conde Nast Sued for $10 Million Over Vanity Fair Piece, August 9 
  3. Newsweek Keeps The Odd Covers Coming, August 8
  4. The New Yorker‘s Bin Laden Story Comes Under Fire, August 8
  5. Wired Raising its Rate Base, August 5
  6. Gil Noble, Like It Is Host, Hospitalized After Stroke, August 9

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Gil Noble, Like It Is Host, Hospitalized After Stroke

Legendary WABC/Channel 7 newsman Gil Noble has been in the hospital since suffering a serious stroke in late July.

WABC general manager Dave Davis tells FishbowlNY that he has been in close contact with the family.

Davis says Noble remains in stable condition and is conscious, but breathing through a tube. Therefore, Davis says it’s premature to know if the longtime anchor suffered any speaking impairment.

Davis says “for the  time being” WABC will air “Best of” episodes of Noble’s Like It Is, which he’s hosted since 1968.

In the short term, Davis says, Noble’s family will likely move him to a facility that is “more trained” in dealing with the therapeutic phase of his convalescence.  

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