Scott Stanford is the latest name leaked to have been brought in by WPIX for a
tryout. Multiple sources tell Tuned In that it’s not clear if Stanford, the WNBC number two sports anchor behind Bruce Beck, was applying for a sports position, news anchor, or both.
Before you shoot down the news anchoring concept for Stanford, realize that he does have recent experience, albeit minimal, in that venue. This year, the energetic sportscaster has dialed it down as occasional anchor on WNBC’s Cozi TV (formerly New York Nonstop) digital channel.
Whether that will convince WPIX, led by news director Mark Effron, remains to be seen.
Effron did not make himself available for comment to Tuned In. A station spokesperson would not address any audition by Stanford, only stating, “PIX11 has had meetings with several people regarding a variety of positions at the station.”
We attempted to reach Stanford without success.
One of Effron’s first orders of business, he told staffers in May, was to reinstitute a pair of anchors at night. We also reported first, his plans to reboot the sports department in some fashion. Both newscast elements were altered by previous news director Bill Carey.
Stanford has been with WNBC since 2009. That same year he began an association with the WWE as a commentator. Stanford, a four-time New York Emmy Award winner, also did sports on WWOR and sister station WNYW in the last decade.
His lively personality was first recognized by many as afternoon sports reporter on WCBS 880 from 2002 to 2008.