“Like It Is” with Gil Noble comes to an end on TV

Gil Noble Like It Is

After my normal routine of zapping between the early Sunday news programs with a hot cup of black coffee, I scanned the day’s TV program guide to see what NFL games were scheduled for the afternoon.  It’s been a ritual of mine to get ready for some Sunday football, after of course watching “Like It Is” with producer and host Gil Noble at 12 noon on WABC channel 7 in New York.  To my surprise the show did not air today, and after looking online I found out that Gil Noble, 79, was hospitalized after suffering a stroke recently.  The good news is that he is said to be recuperating and resting comfortably with family by his side, and we wish him all the best. The bad news is that Mr. Noble, who was born in Harlem in 1932,  will not be able to return to hosting the show, and it appears that WABC will not continue to broadcast past “Like It Is” programs on Sundays anymore!

Now, for those who are not aware, “Like It Is” has been on the air for over 40 years, covering the struggle and success of African Americans, past and present.  As there is a great archive of “Like It Is” programs featuring topics that are not covered elsewhere on television,  I believe that WABC is straight-up wrong to drop the show so quickly, and I’m sure I am not alone.  Sure, you can go to ABC online and watch segments from Like It Is shows, but that will never be the same for me.  Just last week I was watching a show Gil Noble did on the incredible life of Paul Robeson, and the week before, it was all about Adam Clayton Powell Jr.   Yes, I also saw both shows years ago, but that is the point.  I always learn something new from Like It Is shows that were originally broadcast in the 1970’s, 80’s, or 90’s, and I believe that would be true for young viewers and long time viewers alike.  Just check out the long list of guests and topics that have appeared on the show throughout the years and you’ll see why the Emmy Award-winning program has played such an important role in Black American culture for so long.

Thanks brother Gil, for many years of passing on knowledge and telling it “Like It Is.”

If you would like to send your thoughts and well wishes to Gil Noble, please do so.

Watch the 1st “Like It Is” segment on Paul Robeson in the video below: