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Two sports media figures exiting Indy market

June 18, 2011

Two well-known people in media circles—one who works behind the scenes and one in front of the camera—are leaving Indianapolis, at least professionally.

Kent Sterling, who previously worked as program director for WFNI-AM 1070 “The Fan” and WIBC-FM 93.1, has taken a job as program director at 101ESPN (WXOS-FM 101.1) in St. Louis. He starts at the station owned by Minnesota-based Hubbard Broadcasting June 20.

And after seven seasons working Indiana Pacers games as the sideline reporter and host of the pre- and post-game shows on Fox Sports Indiana cable channel, Stacy Paetz did not have her contract renewed for next season.

Fox officials said they are “going in a different direction,” adding that Fox and Pacers officials have launched a national search, but are also evaluating local candidates for Paetz’s replacement.

Sources at Fox said the move was not about Paetz’s salary. Before covering the Pacers for Fox, Paetz covered a litany of sports from college football to volleyball for ESPN and ESPN2.

While Sterling might not be as recognizable to the general public as Paetz, he is well-known in local media circles, having worked for Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp.’s local stations for 17 years.

Sterling lost his job in January 2010, shortly after Charlie Morgan took over as general manager for the late Tom Severino.

“Leaving friends in Indianapolis will be tough, but the promise of working with great people in St. Louis has me very excited,” Sterling said.

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