John Rabe

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

Too Soon? Mubarak Satire

First of all, what strikes you about deposed Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, who is 82???

What were they thinking?!?! KABC's "Voluptua" pulled after seven-week run in 1950s.

Whose legs these are, I think I know.

When Imaginary Pumas Attack!

This just in:

More Rudy Martinez - Jose Huizar Fallout

In the rapidly escalating battle between 14th District LA City Councilman Jose Huizar and challenger Rudy Martinez ... Michael Trujillo, the self-annointed Hand of God/Hand of Satan, has received his second spanking in just a few days.

Blue Line

This crossed the wires earlier today:

"Dear Michael Trujillo, Thanks. Sincerely, Rudy Martinez. PS: Say hi to Jose for me."

No sooner had we posted my conversation with the LA Downtown News's Jon Regardie about the rapidly escalating contest between LA City Council incumbent Jose Huizar and challenger Rudy Martinez -- in which Jon said it was about to go nuclear -- than .

Singers Benefit with Mac Davis

Off-Ramp star Mac Davis is putting on a benefit concert in Sherman Oaks on Monday, February 28, for The Society of Singers ...

Home Photos of Snow In Dallas

From my sister Clare Deboever, from the patio window of her home in Dallas. Like me, Clare grew up in Michigan and lives in the South to avoid this kind of thing.

EatLA and Off-Ramp Make You Happy with Happy Hour Suggestions

One of the highlights of this week's Off-Ramp is another installment in the Eat-LA/Off-Ramp Collaboration.

Wayne White Stage Show Spreads Gospel of Art

I expected Wayne White's one-man stage show to include a little banjo picking, some name dropping (Art Spielgelman, Peter Gabriel, Shining Time Station, Pee-Wee Herman, Todd Oldham), and his fun/evocative word paintings.

Off-Ramp Finally Notices Smigly, "The Charlie Brown for Adults"

Before you check out Allen Mezquida's animated Smigly shorts, some warnings:

Murietta's No Guts Red Light Camera Plan

Something about the proposal to donate Murietta's red-light camera fines to charity bugs me.

Stenroos and the LA police union ... I'm just saying...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police union, routinely sends out emails deploring the “rush to judgment” when there’s an incident involving a police officer.

Newport Beach Bans Scavengers

This news out of Newport Beach ...

True Grit, the Short Novel

I know i'm a little late to this party, but I've just started digging into the book True Grit, on which the two movies ...