About Kitty Kinnin and Sound Palate


Kitty Kinnin – Host of Sound Palate

“Sound Palate,” which airs 10 a.m. to 12 noon each Sunday gives listeners an inside look into the kitchens and minds of some of the best local, regional and national chefs while featuring a diverse mix of music. It currently airs on “The Penguin” 98.3 in Wilmington, NC and can be streamed here. The podcast of each show is available here as well.

The program was developed when Kinnin, a longtime North Carolina deejay, began asking chefs to pair a signature dish with a piece of music.

“Musically, this is an extension of my ‘Sunday Brunch’ – jazz, blues and everything eclectic. I go by gut, not charts. If I had to call it anything, I’d label it ‘AOE – Album-Oriented Eclectic,’” Kinnin says.

Kinnin was the host of “Sunday Brunch” on WRDU in Raleigh for more than a decade, during which time Rolling Stone Magazine named WRDU the “Radio Station of the Year.” She got her start as one of the state’s first female rock jocks on Winston-Salem’s WKZL. Over the last five years, she continued her “Sunday Brunch” show on the former WRVA in Raleigh, as well as the “The Kitty Kinnin Morning Show.”

She has interviewed celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Eric Rupert and Thomas Keller, as well as N.C. culinary stars, such as Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner, Nana’s Scott Howell, Vivian Howard of Chef and The Farmer and The Angus Barn’s Walter Royal.

Her artist interviews are equally as varied–Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Amos Lee and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, among others.

“The Penguin is excited to have Kitty as part of the Penguin Family,” Hometown Wilmington Media General Manager Beau Gunn says. “She is a radio legend with a musical palate as eclectic as The Penguin. We couldn’t be more excited.”

“Sound Palate” is an interactive experience with a heavy digital presence for easy accessibility, available to listeners through streaming and podcasts.