Appodlachia was started in December 2019. Chuck and Big John were tired of the negative portrayal of Appalachia in the media and decided to start a podcast that pushed back against that narrative, providing a new and authentic voice for a region misunderstood and forgotten by most of the country. We’re shrewd, witty, comical, sometimes irreverent, and always honest.
Chuck is a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and spent the first 22 years of his life living in the mountain state. Chuck spent numerous years in advocacy and organizing in all parts of Tennessee. Unlike Big John, he is an Appalachian expat currently living in Northern Virginia.
Big John Isner
Big John is a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and still lives there to this day. Big John ran for public office in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle in 2018 and has his finger on the pulse of real people in Appalachia just trying to get by.