ABOUT FLAMES CENTRAL

Flames Central is an Emmy Award winning sports program featuring in-depth stories focusing on Liberty University athletics and the intersection of faith and sports.

Hosted by Matt Warner and Emily Austen, Flames Central is your destination for the best coverage of one of the fastest rising athletics programs in the nation.

MEET OUR ON-CAMERA STAFF

Matt Warner

ANCHOR

Matt Warner, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, began his broadcasting career as a sports anchor in local television. He would work in Tyler, Texas, followed by a stop in Fargo, North Dakota, and then Springfield, Missouri. 

For the past 10 years, Warner has produced and hosted “Flames Central” as well as provides TV play-by-play for LU Football, Basketball and Baseball.

Matt is married to his wife Zanna and together they have 4 children.

Emily Austen

ANCHOR

Emily Austen is originally from Tampa, Florida.  She attended Florida Atlantic University on an academic and athletic scholarship.  Emily was a four-year member of the Owls’ cross country and track team. Her drive toward excellence led her to network sideline reporting for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Orlando Magic with FOX Sports.  Previously, she reported for the Boston Celtics and also worked in production at Golf Channel.   Emily joined the Flames Central staff in 2019 and serves as an anchor, producer and reporter.

Emily is married to Jason Cudd and the couple have a yellow lab, Stanley.

MEET THE REST OF THE TEAM

Doug Kruse

TECH MANAGER

Helmut Montoya

FEATURES PRODUCER

John Pratt

SENIOR PRODUCER

Josh Quigg

FEATURES PRODUCER

Austin Reddington

GRAPHICS PRODUCER

Dominick Sarazen

VIDEO EDITOR

Donald Scott

FEATURES PRODUCER

Alex Short

AUDIO TECHNICIAN

Caleb Smith

FEATURES PRODUCER

Ken Toews

SENIOR DIRECTOR

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Throughout the history of Flames Central, the show has consistently received recognition and awards for its quality content. Flames Central has won a total of 14 Emmy Awards since 2016. The show has won twice for “Sports Program Post-Produced or Edited”, in addition to awards for feature stories, graphics and audio.