Philly Who?

Philly Who?

Telling the stories of the doers, thinkers, and performers of Philadelphia. From up-and-coming game-changers to well-known legends, you'll dive into their past, present, future, and how it all contributes to The City of Brotherly Love. Hosted by Kevin Chemidlin.


[2019] Tony Luke, Jr.: The Rise and Fall of a Cheesesteak Empire

July 27, 2021

Tony Luke, Jr. is a cofounder of Tony Luke's, a cheesesteak franchise with multiple locations. He's also an actor, TV personality, musician, and an anti-addiction-stigma activist.

[2019] Sharon Pinkenson: The Wardrobe Stylist Who Brought Hollywood to Philly

July 20, 2021

When this episode was recorded Sharon Pinkenson was the Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Since the 90s, the office has generated more than five billion dollars for the city of Philadelphia, and has put Philly on big and small screens across the world.

[2018] Jesse Ito: 30 Under 30 Sushi Chef of Royal Izakaya & Sushi

July 13, 2021

When this episode was released, Jesse Ito was the Co-owner and Chef of Royal Izakaya & Sushi, a restaurant combo in Queen Village. His 10-seat omakase sushi bar has received 4 bells from and he's made Zagat's 30 under 30 list.

[2019] Michelle Angela Ortiz: Telling the Stories of Immigrants through Art

July 6, 2021

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, skilled muralist, and community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted.

[2019] Michael Nutter: The 98th Mayor of Philadelphia

June 29, 2021

Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of Philadelphia from 2008 through 2015. Before that, he had been a Member of City Council since 1992.

[2018] Judy Wicks: Pioneering Farm-to-Table at White Dog Cafe

June 22, 2021

Judy Wicks is the founder of the White Dog Cafe, a restaurant in University City that she started in the first floor of her house in 1983. What started as a muffin shop quickly grew into a renowned 200-seat restaurant that was among the first to feature farm-to-table local food.

{2018} Todd Carmichael: La Colombe Cofounder & Reality TV Star

June 15, 2021

Todd Carmichael (IG: @todd_carmichael) is the co-founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters.

[2018] Alex Scott: The Girl Who Fought Cancer With Lemonade

June 8, 2021

As told by her mother, Liz Scott, who is the Co-Executive Director of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

[2018] William Tyrone Toms: Giving Resources to Every Creator at REC Philly

June 1, 2021

William Tyrone Toms is the Founder and Head of Strategy at REC Philly, a creative agency and incubator for local artists and creative entrepreneurs. In this episode, you’ll hear how Will and his cofounder, Dave Silver, would make a name for themselves throwing concerts as Broad Street Music Group. …

[2018] Bon Ku, MD, MPP: The Designer of Health

May 27, 2021

Bon Ku is the founder and director of JeffDESIGN, the first Medical School program to center around Design Thinking. Hear how Bon & JeffDESIGN are revolutionizing how the medical community attacks Philly's health crises.

About the Hosts

Kevin Chemidlin

Host & Creator

Kevin Chemidlin had the idea for "Philly Who?" on a cold December morning in 2017, as he was riding the Market-Frankford line to his 9-to-5 as a software developer. He had never created a podcast before; he hadn't even ever interviewed anyone before. But, his passion for Philly was overflowing, and he wanted to share the stories of Philly's most interesting people.

6 months later in May of 2018, "Philly Who?" was launched, and Kevin's life was forever changed. The show’s near-instant success led Kevin to leave his software career and launch Cue9 Creative, a podcast production company, as well as "Grow The Show," an accelerator program that helps other independent podcasters grow and thrive.

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