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

Old Town's coffee scene gets smarter, with new Intelligentsia in Pasadena

I'm 44, not 4, but I'd love a big pasta bowl with a picture of a tiger on the bottom that I got to see when I finished my meal. I also loved the little sake cups my dad brought back from Occupied Japan with a geisha who appeared on the bottom when the sake was poured in.

Rabe talks with Slake writers and editors about the "slow lit" mag's philosophy

When I started Off-Ramp four years ago, I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted it to be, but I knew what I didn't want on the show. I didn't want snark. I didn't want NPR-style featurization* of Los Angeles.

Good Eats at Big Boy nee Johnie's Broiler

(Photo by Julian Bermudez. All others by John Rabe.)

LA Photo Contest Winner - Baby Wins Book

In last week's Off-Ramp Newsletter, I offered Kevin McCollister's, East of West LA, a slim new volume of LA photographs as a prize for the best listener photo of LA. (McCollister has many more photos on his blog.

Queen's Brian May has a 3D photo obsession and a new book

Brian May wraps 40-year project by publishing first complete book of TR Williams's c. 1850 photos of an English village ... they're in stuning 3D.

LA Times Finally "Discovers" Local Artist David Weidman

In a blog entry and a feature piece this weekend, the Los Angeles Times finally noticed local printmaker and sculptor David Weidman, calling him "the most famous unknown artist."

Palindrome to be renamed by KPCC listeners.

So many dynamos.

“Queen’s” Brian May saves 3-D photos of tiny English village from obscurity in new book: “A Village Lost and Found.”

On the left, that’s Brian May, the Renaissance man who was busy taking 3-D photos when he was making it huge with Queen. Between him and me, Elena Vidal, his co-author on ”A Village Lost and Found”, a huge, lovingly compiled book about a set of stereo photo cards issued 150 years ago.

Grate Conflation, or Dylan Brody Won't Retweet From Palin's "refudiate"

In the great tradition of doublespeakers John Charles McCabe and former President Franklin Marshall, Dylan Brody sent in this defense of Sarah Palin's mis-Tweet. We invite responses in the comment section below.

When jet-setting reporter Charlie Le Duff became a stay-at-home-dad

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Charlie LeDuff gave up his jet-set life to become a stay-at-home dad. "I find myself staring into the rearview mirror of my career."

New kudos for Stenshoel's cassette album. (Cassettes were magic devices that made old people happy.)

KPCC engineer Peter Stenshoel sent me an e-mail the other day:

Animator Pres Romanillos fighting leukemia; animators raising money with outstanding art auction

The name Pres Romanillos is not a household name … unless you’re in the Lasseter, Musker, Disney, Back, Canemaker, or Bird households. Pres is an animator who most recently worked on "The Princess and the Frog" at Disney and "Shrek 4" at DreamWorks.

Why mass e-mails don’t work, or The Mystery of the Black Giraffe

From time to time, I’ve railed against the inefficiency of mass marketing e-mails. This one takes the cake:

Animation expert Charles Solomon literally wrote the book on Toy Story 3 - it's in bookstores today.

“The Art of Toy Story 3” hits bookstores today, with text written by Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon.