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

Sundance-bound director uses movie 'Dol' to come out

L.A. director Andrew Ahn might be the first filmmaker to use a movie to come out to his parents. His film played at Sundance this past weekend.

From Pann's to LAX, Chinese-American architects played a role

From Pann's to LAX, Chinese-American architects played a role. Pacific Standard Time at the Chinese American Museum celebrates Choy, Fong, Wong, and Leong.

LA director Andrew Ahn's "Dol" plays Sundance this weekend

Andrew Ahn couldn't bring himself to say "I'm gay" to his parents, so the first gen Korean-American tried to do it in a short movie.

Update: Rabe's pick for best Doritos Super Bowl ad misses finals

No buxom babes or flying infants, but Rabe stands behind his friend's Crash the Super Bowl 2012 ad entry.

Pacific Standard Time: Conceptual art at OCMA

Conceptual art is as much, or more, about the process of experiencing (making, looking at, thinking about, documenting) art as the art object itself. And SoCal, not weighed down by the strictures and structures of the art establishment, was a hotbed of conceptual art. It's the focus of the Orange County Museum of Art's Pacific Standard Time entry, State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970. Off-Ramp host John Rabe talked with artist Al Ruppersberg, a surprise guest, and OCMA's co-curator, Karen Moss. (The exhibit closes January 22d, so go see it now!)

World War One history lesson in an 18-wheeler

Out of 65-million participants in World War 1, there's one left, a 110-year old British woman who was a waitress in the Women's RAF. That means almost nobody's s left to relate firsthand the war that waged from 1914 to 1918, killed millions of soldiers, redrew the map of Europe, and contributed to the start of World War 2. A traveling exhibit might be the next best thing, and is on its way to Southern California. It's a specially outfitted 18-wheeler that's in the midst of a national tour, which locally starts at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana on January 21st before hitting 8 other cities, including Palm Springs, Long Beach, Riverside, and Pasadena. Off-Ramp host John Rabe spoke with Daralee Barbera, event organizer.

Handy Reference for Presidential Campaign

Off-Ramp offers this handy reference as the race for US President heats up. Feel free to print it up and refer to it during stump speeches, debates, media reports, Sunday morning talk shows, etc.

Margaret O'Brien, then and now

Margaret O'Brien -- "Journey for Margaret," "Meet Me in St Louis," "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes" -- was one of the biggest stars of her time. But Hollywood didn't believe that a delightful, spunky, preternaturally talented child actor could make it as an adult. But O'Brien, who turns 75 on January 15, is still as smart, fun, and youthful (she wears diamonds in her nose piercing!) as she ever was. Off-Ramp host John Rabe spoke with her at the annual holiday banquet of the Southern California Motion Picture Council, one of O'Brien's favorite causes.

Cactus County Cowboys exclusive Off-Ramp performance

Will Ryan, leader of the Cactus County Cowboys, calls their brand of music "Cowboy Skiffle." They entertained Mickey Rooney, Margaret O'Brien, Rose Marie, and the rest of the crowd at the Southern California Motion Picture Council's annual holiday banquet, but Off-Ramp host John Rabe got a special preview as they were warming up. In this iteration, Ryan -- the voice of Tigger for 16 years -- is joined by Westy Westenhofer, John "Presto" Reynolds, "Chaparall Katie" Cavera, "Buckaroo Benny" Brydern, and "Cactus Chloe" Feoranzo.

Chris Butler's point-and-shoot delays Rabe's gratification

At Merry Karnowsky Gallery's Vivian Maier exhibit, Off-Ramp host John Rabe ran into photographic revolutionary Chris Butler. He took Rabe's photo on an old-fashioned point-and-shoot and won't process the film for MONTHS.

More photos by outsider icon Vivian Maier come to LA gallery

Vivian Maier was a nanny for most of her life in Chicago, but now after John Maloof stumbled across her negatives at auction, she's one of the world's biggest art stories.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly unloads his memory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A California Republican lawmaker and outspoken gun rights advocate has been cited for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a Sacramento-bound flight. TSA spokesman Nico Melendez says Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks had a Colt .

Happy New Year from Off-Ramp

Team Off-Ramp -- John, Kevin (above), Raghu, James, Sam, and Jerry -- wishes you a happy, safe, and - fingers crossed - prosperous 2012!

Walking Out of History

From 1914 to 1916, Ernest Shackleton and his crew had one of the most unbelievable adventures in history. They set out to cross Antarctica, but got stuck in the ice for two years, and were rescued only after one of the most remarkable open-boat journeys in history. What's so unbelievable and remarkable? Every one of the crew survived, by dint of Shackleton's leadership qualities. "Walking Out of History," from Off-Ramp host John Rabe, tells their story with readings, interviews with two of today's leading explorers, and the actual voices of the crewmembers.

Rabe gives thanks to the LAPL

As we end 2011, I have many things to be thankful for, but the LA Public Library's online photo archive is the one I'm going to single out. It's a treasure. I know I can rely on it to flesh out any historical web articles with oftentimes little-seen photos of Southern California's rich past.