John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp

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John Rabe is the creator and host of Off-Ramp, KPCC's weekend news and arts magazine program, which has been named "best local public affairs show" by two national journalism associations.

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, for which he garnered many awards – including several Golden Mikes.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in high school in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, then found his niche as reporter and anchor at WKAR, Michigan State University's public radio station, where he earned his BA in English.

Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio. He came to KPCC in 2000. Off-Ramp debuted in 2006.

He lives with his husband and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington, north of downtown LA.


Stories by John Rabe

The Rockin’ Rock Inn – An Oasis Just An Hour (or so) Away

Some people at Sunday’s birthday party – who have lived in Los Angeles all their lives – had never been to the Rock Inn, let alone Lake Hughes. So I feel better that it’s only taken me about ten years to find it.

Off-Ramp to Mark Sayre Fire Anniversary

This weekend, Off-Ramp joins many others in marking the one year anniversary of the devastating Sayre fire, which decimated the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar.

From Mystery Fork to Mystery Tree – Off-Ramp® Calls for Sleuthing

Attention Off-Ramp's Semi-Pro Mendicants!

Two Lucky Off-Ramp® Listeners Win “Incarnadine,” RH Greene’s Dracula Memoir

Author RH Greene (above, in tuxedo) graciously warmly inscribed two paperback copies of "Incarnadine, the True Memoirs of Dracula" for our crassly promotional purposes.

Art Pranksters Stealthily Erect Giant Fork In Road in Pasadena Saturday Morning

I got an email this weekend from occasional Off-Ramp contributor Donna Barnes-Roberts. She writes:

New LAPD Chief, Mugging Reporters, and Mike Flags

Some of my photos from the news conference at which Charlie Beck was introduced as the Mayor's pick to head the LAPD, succeeding Wm. Bratton.

Bleeding Through – New Play About the Fabric of LA

Big thanks to Jerry Sullivan of LA Garment & Citizen for tipping us to a new play at Shakespeare Festival/LA, 1238 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026. It’s called "Bleeding Through," and it’s an About…Productions production that digs into the history of Angelino Heights.

Halloween Tips from LA County Public Health

News release received today:

AVOID WILD MUSHROOMS, CDPH WARNS

News release sent today:

John Rabe’s Long Weekend in West Texas

I spent the weekend in the border area between the Hill Country and West Texas, at a ranch in a little town called Segovia, and in San Antonio … Mostly eating, looking at the pecan trees and a nearby river, and hanging out with family.

LA Public Library Photo Game

It’s time to play our favorite game. It’s called, “Go to the LA Public Library Photo Archive and type in a random word.

RIP, Soupy Sales

My dad, Bill Rabe, knew Soupy Sales, who died Thursday, from their days in Detroit together. I was too young to remember much of him on TV, so my strongest memory is from a family trip to New York.

Did ZZ Top Give Cheap Sunglasses to Macedonian Prime Minister?

Our friend Bob Merlis just sent an e-mail with an irresistible subject line.

Real E-mails From Pledge Central

The Fall Member Drive is almost over. Have we heard from you yet?

KCSN Cuts Classical Music Announcing Staff

KCSN eliminated its classical music announcing staff at the end of last month -- in the words of one blogger, going “JACK-FM for the post-geriatric set” -- and pretty much, nobody in the media’s noticed.