Posted: Thursday August 2, 2012, 2:01 PM
Person-to-Person: A Wrestling Match with WWE host Scott Stanford
By Ian Spelling

The saying goes that from little things, big things come. Scott Stanford – WNBC sports anchor, WWE Superstars host and interviewer, and all-around jokester – is a testament to that. "No one really suggested I pursue broad-casting," recalls Stanford, who grew up in Haverstraw, N.Y., and lives with his wife and kids in Bergen. "I was in high school, and one of my teachers told me I had to host the student talent show. From then on, there was no prying the microphone out of my hands! I guess I just loved being the center of attention."

In typical Stanford fashion, he punctuates his anecdote with a punch line: "And I always knew that if I could be a famous broadcaster, I would get dates much easier."

"So many people write to me to ask how they can get my job(s). My advice to them is to be a doctor or a lawyer. Look at how many sportscasters there are in a certain market, or how many WWE commentators there are. The odds are not very good, and they don't pay like they used to. That's why I have two jobs instead of one. But on the flipside of the coin, I also tell people to pursue their dreams. I'm still pursuing my dream of becoming a game show host or getting the gig to sit next to Kelly Ripa.

"The reason I like to put some schtick into my sportscasts is that people watching sports segments on local news are not necessarily sports fans. Most have stuck around because they left the channel on after the weather. If I can give them something to laugh at and present the sports in a way that non-sports fans can relate to, they'll come back the next night now that they know I'm there. I love when someone comes up to me and says, 'Hey, nice song reference last night.' Plus, you've just watched an entire program of mostly bad news. Why not give them something at the end that they can have fun with?

"I moved to Bergen about 10 years ago. I love the suburbs of Bergen, while being just a short drive from the city. I do a lot of traveling for WWE, so it's also nice to be near three airports.

"WWE was one of my dream jobs as a kid. I grew up idolizing Mean Gene Okerlund, who I now know personally, which is still weird for me. I'd pretend to be an interviewer with my brother as the wrestler, and we'd do interviews on camera. Now I'm doing it for real in front of millions of WWE fans all over the world. David Hasselhoff is big in Germany...and I'm huge in Australia.

"I eat a lot of Chinese and Japanese, so I love going to HANAMI in WESTWOOD and GEN in MONTVALE. I live on pizza and love RIDGEMONT PIZZA in PARK RIDGE and RAY'S in HILLSDALE."