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.

Recent Episodes

Terrill Haigler: How Ya Fav Trashman is Solving Philadelphia’s Litter Problem

Sept. 21, 2021

Terrill Haigler is the Founder and face of Ya Fav Trashman, which is an online brand and Instagram account with over 30,000 followers.

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Jeannine A. Cook: How Harriett's Bookshop Survived Prejudice, Protests and a Pandemic

Sept. 7, 2021

Jeannine Cook is the Founder and Shopkeeper at Harriett's Bookshop, named after Harriett Tubman. In February 2020, Harriett's Bookshop was born to celebrate women authors, artists, and activists. The space was immediately b…

[2019] Connor Barwin: The NFL Linebacker Rejuvenating Philly Public Parks

Aug. 24, 2021

At the time this episode was recorded, Connor Barwin was an NFL Linebacker. He has played for the Houston Texans, LA Rams, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles. In 2014, he led the NFL in sacks, and was selected to the P…

[2019] Madeline Bell: How an Overnight Pediatric Nurse Became CEO of CHOP

Aug. 17, 2021

Madeline Bell is the President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. When she first walked into CHOP as an employee, Madeline was a pediatric nurse, fresh out of college. 35 years later, she's the captain of the …

[2018] Chill Moody: HipHop Artist, Philly Music Ambassador, The Reason We Have Nice Things

Aug. 10, 2021

Chill Moody (@chillmoody) is a HipHop artist, entrepreneur, and activist. In this discussion, we hear stories of his beginnings in the rap scene, we dive into his decision to build his music career in Philly rather than loca…

[2019] Rakia Reynolds: Helping Serena Williams & Other Celebrities Share Their Stories

Aug. 3, 2021

Rakia Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Skai Blue Media, a public relations agency that's worked with clients such as Serena Williams, Ashley Graham, and M. Night Shyamalan.

[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…

[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 u…

[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.

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.

Katherine Nails

Katherine Nails is a producer at Cue9 Podcasts, where she assists in the day-to-day audio production and editorial operations. Prior to joining Cue9, Katherine worked as a writer and editor for various Philadelphia-area print publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer and Main Line Today magazine. Katherine is a graduate of University of Delaware, where she was a Managing Editor at The Review, a student-run newspaper. She is a recipient of the C.A. Tilghman Journalistic Award and the Woman of Promise Award for excellence in her field.