Longtime Sportscasting Instructor Lou Riggs Dies At 81
July 6, 2015 at 4:47 PM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of longtime SANTA MONICA COLLEGE sportscasting instructor and former KCRW/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES Sports Director LOU RIGGS, who died last FRIDAY (7/3) at his SANTA MONICA home of complications from ALS at 81, according to a report by the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS' TOM HOFFARTH.
RIGGS taught sportscasting at the college and as a private trainer from 1984 through his 2014 retirement, including work with personalities like KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, JAMES WORTHY, and HEATHER COX, after working at the old SANTA MONICA EVENING OUTLOOK and LOS ANGELES TIMES' AUDIO-TEX and serving as Public Information Officer at SANTA MONICA COLLEGE and LOS ANGELES MISSION COLLEGE. He served as sports director at the school's KCRW for 16 years (1970-86), where he called PEPPERDINE and UCLA sports, and also taught at CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (1977-81) and COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF BROADCASTING (1984-2013) and consulted for FOX SPORTS. With AL EPSTEIN, he wrote the text "Play-by-Play Sportscast Training."