Former broadcaster and avaition advocate Don Riggs passed away today at his Mount Lebanon home. He was 81. Riggs first came to Pittsburgh from Columbus in 1960 to host “Daybreak” on KDKA-TV (2). He also hosted “Safari” where, as “Bwana Don,” he entertained children with Tarzan films. After a brief stint as a news anchor in Indianapolis, Riggs returned to Pittsburgh in 1968 to work at WQED-TV (13) and later WIIC-TV (11), now WPXI. He spent 20 years at 11 as a weather forecaster, broadcaster and community affairs secretary.
Mr. Riggs awas also a pilot and life member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He played an instrumental role in the effort to restore, purchase and display biplane “Miss Pittsburgh” at Pittsburgh International Airport.