Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Philly Radio: Devon Givens Exits WPEN 97.5 The Fanatic

Devon Givens, the station’s well-liked evening host and one of the city’s most knowledgeable basketball voices, is leaving the station, according to Crossing Broad’s Kevin Kinkead.

The Philly Inquirer reports Givens wasn’t on air during his normal show hours Monday night, replaced instead by weekend host Ray Dunne and producer Tom Alvord. 

In addition to The Fanatic, Givens hosts the Locked on Sixers podcast with Inquirer beat writer Keith Pompey.

Givens would be the latest in an exodus of talent from The Fanatic amid cutbacks at parent company Beasley Media Group. Last month, The Best Show Ever? cohost Hunter Brody was let go by the station, which also said goodbye to Eric Camille, the assistant program director.

Back in October, the station parted ways with Jamie Lynch, who most Philly sports fans know as “The Bro.” Lynch had been a cohost on The Fanatic’s morning show alongside John Kincade, Bob Cooney, and producer Pat Egan.

The biggest departure has been Mike Missanelli, who was forced out in July 2022 after spending the previous 15 years as the station’s most popular host. He has since landed several gigs, including his own podcast on BetRivers as well as cohosting an Eagles postgame show alongside Seth Joyner, Derrick Gunn, and Devan Kaney for JAKIB Sports.

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