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

Note from Alex Ben Block: The Wish Tree and The Weinstein’s

Alex Ben Block – senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter – sent me an e-mail this weekend …

Cute Dog Photo Alert, or why Rabe doesn’t lose sleep with Daylight Saving Time.

Cara the dog (below) likes to get up at 6am … or 6:30 … or 5:30. Usually, it’s sometime between 6 and 6:30.

Angels Flight to re-open early Monday morning. KPCC will be there.

I just received this e-mail:

Alcala’s Photos

This is one of the pre-1979 photos from the collection found in convicted killed Rodney Alcala’s storage locker. Police say they fear some of the people in them become his victims.

Grover and Rabe go off on people who fraudulently use handicap parking placards.

A couple years ago, I walked down Second Street with Ralph Vartabedian of the LA Times, who is currently kicking butt on the Toyota story. We counted how many cars at meters had handicapped placards.

Mid-Wilshirists abandon televisions, too, but more comfortably.

Doubtless you’ve been following my documentation of the abandoned tv’s of LA in my Vast Wasteland Project.

Teen v. Boeing – Robin Estrin getting traction in efforts to get Rocketdyne site cleaned up.

I am writing this letter to urge you to clean up the nuclear contamination that was left after the Rocketdyne meltdown that occurred in 1959.

Off-Ramp hands out final Oscar … for “Best Meat Product Rendition of a Movie Character”

Our Oscar-watching party was more fun than yours, and not just because of the cocktail wieners I brought, or David Othenin-Girard’s impeccable wine picks. But because his girlfriend Vember Stuart-Lilley’s mom e-mailed her a series of pictures that sent milk through all our noses … and we weren’t even drinking milk.

Off-Ramp releases first Special Podcast and inaugurates live music at the Mohn Broadcast Center

Donovan has a concert at the El Rey Theatre Friday, March 19th, and he came to KPCC’s new Mohn Broadcast Center in Pasadena to record an interview and sing some of his hits.

What to make of a taco truck’s name … One man’s slur is another’s nickname.

-----WARNING: Some readers might be offended by the content of this blog entry, which contains a word that -- in English -- is anti-Semitic. -----Nicknames are weird in many languages.

Surrealist Film Festival coming to Downtown LA; Rabe offers entry.

“Dadaists would remove the wings from a dragonfly and call what is left a red pepper. Surrealist would put wings on a red pepper and call the creation a dragonfly.”

Oscar my neighbor and his damned green thumb.

My neighbor Oscar is showing off again.

No great shakes, but a fun local tidbit … the origin of Shakers Restaurant’s name.

Shakers Restaurant, on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena, across from Bristol Farms (there’s another in Glendale), has pretty good food at reasonable prices. Service is usually fast and friendly, and I can’t name another place that serves Portuguese sausage for breakfast.

LA Times’ Steve Lopez explains his and Jon Bon Jovi’s parallel paths to fighting homelessness.

This week on Off-Ramp, we walk through LAMP Community, the Skid Row homeless center, with rocker Jon Bon Jovi (right), whose Soul Foundation has built hundreds of units of affordable housing in the last 6 years.

NY Times notices Oscar-nominated “Secret of Kells” … But Solomon and Off-Ramp had it long before.

(Our hero gets a tour of the woods from what he thinks is a little girl. (GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon))