In June, it was announed that the Buffalo Bills would have a new presence on local television airwaves after a deal between Pegula Sports Entertainment and TV sports network MSG. Now we have more details on the timeline for that phase-in thanks to The Buffalo News’ “Still Talkin’ TV” column and Alan Pergament.
The new slate of television shows begin this weekend with a two-part special on the reunion of the Ryan brothers. Previewed in this electric trailer, the shows will air back-to-back on Saturday night before the team’s season opener at 8:30 and 9:00 p.m.
Sunday marks the full-time kickoff of the team’s game day programming slate starting at 11:00 a.m. with “Bills All-Access Live” hosted by Chris Brown and John Murphy. That show will immediately be followed by “The Rex Ryan Show” hosted by Murphy and featuring pre-recorded commentary from the Bills’ coach. Following the NFL games of the day, “Bills Tonight” with former Bills Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown and Mike Catalana will come your way at 11:30 with postgame reaction from the locker room and a breakdown of the game. The late show is the only new addition to the rotation, as both pre-game shows had aired locally on WKBW.
A major change for radio listeners has already taken place as “The John Murphy Show” on the Buffalo Bills Radio Network moved from it’s 7:00 p.m. timeslot to 12 noon, expanded by sixty minutes to a three-hour format, and added a co-host in the form of former Bills wide receiver Donald Jones. It will begin being simulcast on MSG Western New York October 3rd.
“The simulcast has been delayed because staff needed to be hired and rehearsals needed to be conducted, according to Marc Honan, senior vice president of media and content for the Bills,” reports Pergament.
All in all, it’s a pretty exciting time for Bills fans with Pegula Sports Entertainment providing more video content and a cable network ready to distribute it.