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

#VoterGamePlan: Does Measure M stand for KPCC's Meghan McCarty?

... because she's been working hard for months to make sure you know all you need to know about the proposed transit funding measure. Meghan talks with Off-Ramp's John Rabe about how she keeps the listener in mind as she reports the story.

New host Chris Thile brings 'A Prairie Home Companion' to Pasadena

Singer, mandolin virtuoso, and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion becomes the host of the show October 15, taking over from its creator, Garrison Keillor. He talked about the creative challenges of his new job with Off-Ramp host John Rabe.

Off-Ramp's critics roar about 'Shin Godzilla,' the reboot of reboots

Tim Cogshell and Mike Roe say this Godzilla reboot is made for talking, and that's just what they do.

Photos! Video! KPCC journos face their fears at the LA Zoo's Boo at the Zoo

When KPCC photog Maya Sugarman got to hold a king snake, you won't believe what happened next. And will Off-Ramp host John Rabe faint when a tarantula crawls on his arm?

The Voice: David Whitfield

David Whitfield is someone you need to hear. Born in Atlanta Georgia, he’s a jazz vocalist, gospel pianist, and actor, who's toured nationally and internationally.

Disney's Moana's directors John Musker and Ron Clements

John Musker and Ron Clements are a part of your life — a part of your world — even if you don’t know their names. If you love Disney, you probably love their work.

What is yacht rock? Play "Yachtify it!" with LA band Harbor Party

"From a musical standpoint, it's removing any dissonance and replacing it with some phasers, and background harmonies, and the falsetto, and just all around good vibes," they say.

Comedian Chris Redd on Moving to LA from Chicago

Chris Redd is an actor, writer, and standup comedian. You’ve seen him as Andy Samberg's rapper nemesis Hunter the Hungry in "Popstar."

71Above: Everything at LA's tallest restaurant (even the chef) started at the bottom

Being at the top of the US Bank building, and at the mercy of the elevators, adds another layer of complexity to 71Above, the tallest restaurant in the West.

Massive box set of Rolling Stones in glorious mono takes you back to 1960s

Everybody knows stereo recordings sound better. Right? Maybe not. This new remastered collection of Rolling Stones tunes is often more intimate and immediate than often-flawed stereo versions.

Grand Central Market seeking debt relief, facing discrimination lawsuit

We go to Grand Central Market with Jesse Katz for the lowdown on the market's massive debt, and a discrimination lawsuit filed by former vendors.

Meet the last surviving member of Norco's pioneering veterans wheelchair basketball team

70 years ago, the first organized wheelchair basketball team, made up of paralyzed World War 2 vets, hit the gym floor in Norco.

For Star Trek's 50th, Off-Ramp's 4 best Trek moments. What are yours?

From George Takei's amazing second act, to Brooks McFadden's post Star Trek stage productions, to the remastering of Star Trek: The Next Generation, here are some of our favorite segments as Star Trek turns 50.

We go deep with Adam Nimoy on his new documentary 'For the Love of Spock'

Leonard Nimoy's son has crafted a loving but also very candid portrait of his father and the beloved character he played.

Song of the Week: Azteca's "Whatcha Gonna Do," from early Pete Escovedo

If you couldn't make it to see Pete Escovedo play at the DNC, he's live and free at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena Sunday evening. We dig deep into his catalog for a Latin Jazz big band tune for our Song of the Week.