Harry D. Trigg, a pioneer and producer of early Chicago television, died Tuesday of kidney and heart failure in Evanston, Ill. He was 72.
A native of Iowa, he came to Chicago to study theater arts at the Goodman Theatre School, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1950. Later that year he joined NBC, and in 1953 he became a producer for the network.
During his tenure at NBC, Trigg worked on shows such as “Quiz Kids,” “Hawkins Falls” and the popular “Colgate Comedy Hour,” among others. In 1957 Trigg was appointed program manager of WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned station in Chicago.
In addition to local TV, Trigg was involved in programming for the “Today Show” from the Midwest and also served as president of the National Assn. of Television Program Executives from 1973-1974.
Over his long career, Trigg garnered several local Emmys and five NATPE awards.
In 1986, Trigg retired from broadcast television after 36 years with NBC.
Trigg is survived by his wife of 47 years, Yolanda, a son and a grandson.