John Rabe KPCC's Production & Promotions Director

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John Rabe is KPCC's Production & Promotions Director, a post he assumed in July of 2017 after 35 years behind the mike. His job is to shape the sound of the station.

From 2006 to 2017, John was producer and host of Off-Ramp, twice named the nation's "best local public affairs show." Before that, Rabe was the station's housing & healthcare reporter and local host for "All Things Considered."

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but he found his niche as reporter and anchor at Michigan State University's public radio station, where he half-heartedly earned his BA in English. Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.

Rabe lives with Julian Bermudez, his art curator husband, and their Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.


Stories by John Rabe

George Takei's almost 80 years celebrated at the Japanese American National Museum

On the occasion of "'New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei," a new exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum that opens Sunday, I had to speak with George Takei himself about his long life and career.

Exclusive first look at JANM's 'New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei'

The Japanese American National Museum backed up a couple of trucks to George Takei's house, accepting the donation of his vast personal archive. The new exhibit — "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei" — opens Sunday.

'To Be Takei' director Jennifer Kroot says George does it for his dad

"Seeing what his father went through... he doesn't take that lightly... That's behind everything he does."

Samurai Jack is back, so we go in-depth with animator Genndy Tartakovsky

A noble, handsome warrior trying to save the world and get back home. An ugly evil demon who thwarts him every time. This was the simple premise of "Samurai Jack," which ran four seasons on Cartoon Network starting in 2001, and returns for one more season this weekend.

Will we be riding Angels Flight by Labor Day?

Wednesday, LA city officials announced a public-private partnership to have downtown's historic Angels Flight railway back in operation by Labor Day, once again hauling riders up and down Bunker Hill.

'Missing Richard Simmons' podcast seeks disappeared fitness magnate

Almost exactly three years ago, Richard Simmons, once the most accessible celebrity in Los Angeles, withdrew from public life. Only a few people have heard from him since, not including podcast host Dan Taberski.

Skid Row dilemma: Is it wrong to use sprinklers to keep the homeless away?

The city won't keep the sidewalks clear and clean, and you're trying to run a business. And you're not a hipster boutique that just parachuted into Skid Row a few years ago. We've got a dilemma for you.

James Kim's new podcast 'The Competition' explores wild world of Van Cliburn contestants

It was kinda fun turning the tables on James Kim -- who is secretly competitive -- while asking him about his new podcast, which goes deep on competitions and highly competitive people.

The too-short career of installation artist and farmboy Jason Rhoades

What might you find in a Jason Rhoades installation? Bongs, a stuffed snake riding an electric train, an entire room laid out like an Ikea showroom, neon signs spelling out nicknames for the vulva, orange extension cords, restaurant shelving.

Song of the Week: LA Chamber Orchestra, Kodaly, and coffee

The people who brought you the giant inflatable rabbits and the giant musicians along the 110 bring you a coffee break Wednesday with two veteran string players from the LA Chamber Orchestra.

Song of the Week: Crying, in the rain, because Willie Nelson's Bako concerts are sold out?

Nelson wrote many great songs but "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," a breakout hit for the singer, was written by Fred Rose back in 1947, and was first performed by Roy Acuff. It was allegedly the last song Elvis ever sang.

Simpsons' Dan Castellaneta writes, stars in play about Oscar Levant

The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta, is bringing a a celebrity who died in 1972 back to life in the new play "For Piano and Harpo." Who? "It's Oscar Levant, you musical ignoramus!"

Off-Ramp's Song of the Week salutes songwriter Mac Davis on his 75th birthday

Usually, Off-Ramp's Song of the Week features a local act, or a national act playing a cool local gig. But this time, we want to help a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame blow out the 75 candles on his cake.

Garrison Keillor calls impressionist Jim Meskimen and forgets the question

The words "incautiously," "rhubarb," and "behind" figure prominently in the latest celebrity interview by Off-Ramp's favorite impressionist, Jim Meskimen.

Lynne Westmore Bloom, the 'man' who painted Malibu's Pink Lady

Lynne Westmore Bloom, who died Friday at 81, wasn't going to come out as the person behind Malibu's Pink Lady until a County Supervisor assumed the prankster artist was a man.