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Jamie Hall Ray Jones
Nick Pierce Erin McKeown
Paul Rutigliano Tim Scarborough
Alan York Mike Tilley
Chris Wygal  

 

Alan York
Football and Men's Basketball Radio Play-by-Play Announcer/Flames Sports Desk Host

Alan York enters his fourth season as the radio “Voice of the Flames.” York handles the radio play-by-play for the football and men’s basketball games, plus the weekly coaches radio shows throughout the broadcast season. Prior to his arrival in Lynchburg, York served 12 years as an assistant production manager for ISP in Winston-Salem, NC. While at ISP, York was the lead broadcaster for the ACC National Game of the Week in football. He has also gained experience broadcasting various Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Florida State and East Carolina men’s and women’s basketball and baseball games.

York’s vast experience also allowed him to call minor league baseball for the Winston-Salem Warthogs, the class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. York is no stranger to Big South Conference athletics. From June 2001 to March 2006, he served as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for High Point’s men’s and women’s basketball programs. York has also worked with WXII-TV, an NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, N.C., as a production assistant and radio producer for three years, where his duties included hosting the NASCAR Minute show. York is a 1999 graduate of Guilford College and a native of Mount Airy, NC.

Nick Pierce
Football Sideline Reporter/Baseball Radio Play-by-Play Announcer

Nick Pierce is beginning his fifth year as Liberty’s Athletics Audio Coordinator. Pierce is an integral part of the Flames Sports Network radio broadcasts, serving as the pre-game show host and sideline reporter for all football games and play-by-play broadcaster for all baseball games. He also handles the play-by-play duties for select Liberty men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and softball contests.

On LibertyFlames.com, Pierce conducts regular audio and video interviews with Liberty’s coaches and student-athletes. He also provides the daily Flames Minute, updating fans on the latest happenings in Liberty athletics. A native of Atlanta, Ga., Pierce majored in broadcast journalism at Liberty, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 2007.

Jamie Hall
Women's Basketball Radio Play-by-Play

 Jamie Hall is in his 20th year working with the Flames Sports Network. Hall has provided radio play by play coverage of Liberty women’s basketball since the 1994-95 season, during which he has broadcast 14 NCAA tournaments including the 2005 Sweet Sixteen. He is also currently a contributor on the Liberty Football Tailgate Show. 

Hall has served in many other roles on the Network, as well, including sideline reporting for football, play-by-play for soccer, softball, baseball and hockey as well as TV play by play, color commentary and halftime reports  for volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. Hall also is a contributing photographer to Liberty Athletics. He is the station manager of 90.9 FM The Light located on the Liberty campus. A native of Wytheville, VA., Hall majored in Communications at Liberty, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 1997.   

Chris Wygal
Producer/Engineer

 Chris Wygal returns for his 11th season as broadcast engineer and on-site game day producer for the Flames Sports Network.  Wygal, a Charleston, W. Va. native, began working with FSN after graduating from Liberty in 2002.

Wygal is the studio engineer at Victory FM, taking care of flagship and network automation systems and keeping the broadcast facility maintained and up-to-date. Wygal also maintains the Victory FM website and graphic design projects for the station, in addition to providing extra voice and on-air talent.

Paul Rutigliano
Radio and Television Analyst

 Rutigliano returns for his eighth year with the network and will work alongside York as the network’s color commentator. Rutigliano brings a unique perspective to the network, which includes insight into the program. Rutigliano currently serves as the Flames’ Assistant AD for Football Operations. 

In his current position as Assistant Athletics Director for Football Administration, Rutigliano oversees the overall operations for the football program.
His responsibilities include future scheduling, budget management and business operations, while working closely with the President's Office on specially assigned projects. Rutigliano first joined the Flames' football coaching staff in 1989 under his father, Sam Rutigliano, who finished his 11-year career with the most wins in Liberty's history. 

Erin McKeown
Flames Sports Desk Co-host

Erin McKeown, enters her fifth year as a commentator and host for FSN. McKeown, along with Alan York, co-hosts the weekly Flames Sports Desk which airs on the Liberty Channel as well as the Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). McKeown will continue as the color commentator for the Lady Flames volleyball broadcasts and will serve as the pregame, halftime and postgame host for both the football and women’s basketball broadcasts.

In her current position as the Director of Compliance, McKeown supports Liberty University student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff in ensuring compliance with NCAA rules, through education, monitoring and advocating on behalf of the University to the NCAA. The Glendale, Ariz. native, was a former volleyball standout for the Lady Flames from 2000-2003 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Liberty in 2004 and received her master’s degree in business administration from Liberty in 2006.

Ray Jones
Football Television Color Analyst

 Ray RRay Jones is entering his 23rd year with the Flames Sports Network. He has provided play-by-play and color commentary for many Liberty Athletics events. He has been a Flames play-by-play television announcer for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, wrestling, and ice hockey. He has been the color commentator for Flames football since 1991. He also served as the football color commentator on WRVL for several years.

Jones has called events for The Big South Television Network, Comcast Sports, The Inspiration Network, as well as The Flames Sports Network. He began calling Liberty sports as a college student while working at the campus radio station in 1981. He is currently a full time teacher at Liberty Christian Academy where he has coached the offensive and defensive line in nine state championship games. Jones is a native of Fairfield, Ohio and a 1984 graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. 

Tim Scarborough
Men's Basketball Television Color Analyst

 Tim Scarborough is going into his 11th season as the color analyst for men’s basketball on FSN. Prior to his stint with FSN, Tim worked for Comcast Sports in Reston, Va., covering high school football and basketball in the Washington, D.C. area as both a play-by-play and color commentator. Tim has also done sideline reporting for college football at Comcast as well as in studio hosting. Tim is no stranger to Liberty Athletics. 

As a former walk-on, he participated on Liberty’s first Division I basketball team. He earned a scholarship in the second semester of his freshman year for the remainder of his career. Tim finished his career 18th on the all-time scoring list in just 76 games played. After his playing career, he moved into the corporate world as a Project Manager for AT&T. After a few years away from Liberty Mountain, he moved back to Lynchburg to become an assistant coach on two of the most successful teams in program history including back-to-back appearances in the Big South Conference Championship game. 

Tim is a 1991 graduate. He currently works full-time in the Richmond, Va. area as a project manager in the healthcare industry. Tim is married to the former Kelly Hayes, a 1998 graduate of Liberty. They have a daughter, Kendall Alexis and reside in Glen Allen, Va.

Mike Tilley
Television Play-by-Play Announcer

 Mike Tilley returns for his 26th season covering Liberty University Athletics via the Liberty Flames Sports Network. Serving as LFSN's primary television play-by-play announcer since 1987, Tilley will handle football and men's basketball during the 2013-2014 seasons. He began his career in Central Virginia with the Victory FM Radio Network and WSET-TV 13 as both a sports anchor, reporter and producer. A native of Greensboro, N.C., he would go on to serve as TV host and play-by-play announcer for the Southern and Sun Belt Conferences.  He has announced national and regional games for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN-GamePlan, Fox Sports, MASN, CSS, INSP, JCTV and several major network affiliates throughout the country.

In addition, following 20 years as an executive in the telecommunications industry, Tilley now serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Thomas Road Baptist Church and its related worldwide ministries. He and his wife Ellie are both graduates of Liberty (Mike - 1986, Ellie - 1989) and they have two daughters (both are current students at the University).  They currently reside in Forest, Va.