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

Off-Ramp retracts CyberFrequencies that focused on Daisey's Apple story

Off-Ramp retracts CyberFrequencies episode that focused on Daisey's Apple story

Pogues accordionist previews memoir, "Here Comes Everybody"

A half-hour with the man who was there in October, 1982, when the Pogues played their first gig. This episode is the director's cut!

The Pogues' James Fearnley on Shane MacGowan

When the Pogues met in a hotel room in 1991, they knew they had to fire unreliable frontman Shane MacGowan, but how would he take it? James Fearnley tells us.

RIP Firesign "Bozo" Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman's KPFK radio show gave birth to Firesign Theatre. He also produced political satire for KPCC called “True Confessions of the Real World.”

Peter Bergman, Firesign Theatre founder, dies at 72

Bergman produced a political satire series for KPCC called “True Confessions of the Real World,” which ran in 2002 and 2003.

Laurie Rubin, blind opera singer, answers listener questions

Laurie Rubin, blind opera singer, answers listener questions

Millard Sheets' mosaics get a LA Conservancy tour

He made Pomona walkable, and banks likable, and the conservancy is fighting to preserve his work.

Freelance photog Nick Stern v. Hipstamatic and Instagram news photos

Nick Stern: "Every time a news organization uses a Hipstamatic or Instagram-style picture in a news report, they are cheating us all."

Mezzo Laurie Rubin's new album, "Do You Dream in Color?"

Mezzo Soprano Laurie Rubin often gets asked, "Do you dream in color?" Find out why in this interview with Off-Ramp host John Rabe.

Rabe v Nick Stern on Instagram and Hipstamatic photos

Nick Stern may be a great photographer, but today he wins the Old Man on the Front Porch Award for his column on Instagram and Hipstamatic images.

3 miracles = new home soon for Jazz Bakery

Culver City is giving the land, Annenberg is giving $2m, and Frank Gehry is giving a commitment to design the new home of The Jazz Bakery.

Schoolhouse Rock's "Verb" Rocks

Rabe makes the case for Schoolhouse Rock's "Verb" as the best cartoon in the history of the universe.

Tim Robbins and The Actors Gang bring back "1984"

Off-Ramp's John Rabe talks with Tim Robbins about "1984," and the famous liberal's fatigue with political divisiveness. "I'm tired of fighting; I want to find common ground."

Slaughter photos highlighted at caterer's tasting room

Hot caterer HeirloomLA opens new tasting room - The Salon - featuring Autumn de Wilde's pig slaughter photos on the wall.

Zine promises handicap parking placard abuse crackdown

Rabe says banishment is the only fit punishment for people who hog parking spaces by fraudulently using handicap parking placards.