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Sean McDermott TV show premieres Sept. 10

A Sports on the Air special:

Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott isn't exactly Rex Ryan in front of TV cameras, which many, if not most fans, believe is a good thing.

But like the former blustering coach, the low-key McDermott will be doing television and radio shows this upcoming season.

"The Sean McDermott Show" will be simulcast at 11 a.m. Sunday on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) and MSG WNY.

The first pre-recorded episode is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10, two hours before the Bills regular season opener -- and McDermott's coaching debut -- kicks off against the New York Jets.

The show may actually air earlier on MSG a few times on Friday and Saturday, but there will be no consistent time period because the cable station has other commitments.

John Murphy, the radio voice of the Bills, will be the host.

McDermott also will do a radio show on WGR, the radio rights-holder, but a time hasn't been worked out. The show is expected to air on Monday or Tuesday after the Bills games are played a few days before.

On another note, former Dallas Cowboy star Tony Romo will get one on-air practice game before he starts the regular season as CBS' No. 1 analyst. Play-by-play man Jim Nantz and Romo are scheduled to work the Kansas City-Seattle preseason game carried by CBS at 8 p.m. Aug. 25.

Steve Tasker and play-by-play man Andrew Catalon, will be calling the next three Bills preseason games, starting with the game against Philadelphia carried by Channel 7 at 7 p.m. Thursday. But Tasker has lost Catalon as his regular CBS partner. Catalon will now team with Tasker's former Bills teammate, James Lofton. Lofton, who has called national radio games, is a newcomer to the CBS lineup.

CBS seems to like Tasker in a three-man booth. On Sept. 17, Catalon, Lofton and Tasker will be working the Cleveland at Baltimore game together. CBS announced Tuesday that Tasker will most often team with play-by-play man Tom McCarthy and analyst Steve Beuerlein. However, he is only working with McCarthy and Beuerlein on one of the first four Sundays. Tasker is working with two other teams in the first four weeks and gets one week off.


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