*Gil Noble, the host and producer of influential public affairs show “Like It Is” – which aired on New York’s WABC – died Thursday, April 5, about eight months after suffering from a stroke. He was 80.

Noble’s joined the ABC flagship station in 1967, and soon anchored its weekend newscasts, according to Deadline.

“Like It Is,” which debuted in 1968, created the country’s largest collection of programs and documentaries on African-Americans. He interviewed newsmakers including South Africa President Nelson Mandela and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe; entertainers Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne; sports stars Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe; and political figures such as Jesse Jackson and  Louis Farrakhan. [Scroll down to watch Noble’s interview with Bob Marley.]

His memoir, Black Is The Color Of My TV Tube, was published in 1981.

“Gil Noble’s life and work had a profound effect on our society and culture,” WABC General Manager Dave Davis says. “His contributions are a part of history and will be remembered for years to come.”