John Rabe

KPCC's Production & Promotions Director

Contact John Rabe
  • Email
  • Phone: (626) 583-5175

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

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.

Belt Sings Eidelweiss

Belt Sings Eidelweiss

Cheech Marin in-depth on Chicano art, Lou Adler, and more

Cheech Marin in-depth on Chicano art, Lou Adler, Cheech&Chong, space aliens, and more

Sir Lattimore Brown - Unluckiest soul singer, possibly unluckiest man

Sir Lattimore Brown - Unluckiest soul singer, possibly unluckiest man

A tour of Cheech Marin's Chicano art collection

Cheech Marin, half of stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong, gives Off-Ramp host John Rabe an exclusive tour of his Chicano art collection.

Getty starts cooking class - how NOT to make pancakes

Getty starts cooking class - how NOT to make pancakes

Lisa See on her books "Shanghai Girls" & "Dreams of Joy"

Lisa See chronicles the Chinese-American immigrant experience in "Shanghai Girls" and "Dreams of Joy"

Investing in rail - with coins on the tracks

Here's what happens to a penny and a quarter when you put them on the Gold Line tracks.

Peter Mac as Judy Garland - a 3D tribute

Peter Mac has been performing tributes to Judy Garland for 11 years. His new show in West Hollywood brings all of Judy to the stage, not just the addictions.

Off-Ramp welcomes Year of Dragon with bang!

Even if you never celebrate Lunar New Year, you should follow its traditions: forgive grudges, pay debts, clean the house & light firecrackers?

Miss Chinatown 2011: KPCC listener

A beauty and talent queen who listens to KPCC and spreads the word about the station.

Animation genius Miyazaki gets film fest

Have you ever traveled with a giant, sweaty, daikon? Or ridden a cat bus? You can see that and more this Thursday at a local film festival.

Totoro! 14-film Studio Ghibli film festival

Ever ridden an elevator with a giant, sweaty, daikon? New festival celebrates Studio Ghibli, maker of "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro."

Gil Scott-Heron responds to Gingrich moon plan

Gil Scott-Heron responds to Gingrich moon plan

What is "First Generation?"

Which immigrants are "first generation" and which are "second generation?" Did Rabe get it wrong?