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

Digging into why transgender teen Larry King was murdered

Ken Corbett talks about his new book, "A Murder Over a Girl," that examines the murder of transgender Oxnard teen King from the point of view of a clinical psychologist.

State discounted tests showing contamination at Simi Valley development

A Simi Valley site being developed by KB Homes would eventually feature 450 homes that start around $700,000, surrounded by nature ... and, according to several tests, elevated levels of contamination.

A Martinez might have been Charlie Tuna's youngest joke writer

Take Two's A Martinez remembers when he was 11, and had his joke read by his favorite morning host, Charlie Tuna, who died last month at the age of 71.

Help kids science podcast 'Brains On!' hit its Kickstarter goal

On the Brains On! podcast, kids (and adults) learn about and get engaged with the world around them. Help Brains On! grow by contributing to its $48,000 Kickstarter campaign.

John Williams, savior of classical film scores, conducts at the Bowl all Labor Day weekend

Steven Spielberg urged "Star Wars" director George Lucas to hire John Williams for the score, and thousands of studio musicians were employed for decades more, one critic says.

White ‘Straight Oughta Compton’ writers talk #OscarsSoWhite

Co-writers Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff talk about putting recent history on the big screen, #OscarsSoWhite and how to write about police brutality.

Why 'Trumbo' is actually a thriller: Writer John McNamara on Hollywood

Writer John McNamara talks the Hollywood blacklist, the Oscars and more. "The nice thing about Musso and Frank is the waiters who are rude to you were rude to F. Scott Fitzgerald."

Get lunch and an Oscars preview at Musso & Frank

Join John Rabe, Team Off-Ramp and the KPCC In Person team as we tape our Oscar preview special in a back booth at Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.

6 places to go when everyone else is watching the Super Bowl

Take advantage of one of the few times when the roads will be empty and you can go anywhere. Sanden Totten is here to help.

This KPCC voice helped launch the last showgirl act in Vegas

KPCC's Rita Pardue remembers her early days, when she was cast as a singer in the original production of "Jubilee," now the last showgirl production in Vegas.

Butch meets hyperfeminine in photographing Liz Taylor's home

Catherine Opie's photos of Elizabeth Taylor's home show a real, warm person with a sense of humor, and Opie says the gig challenged her identity.

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs

Modernism Week is back for its 11th year in Palm Springs ... but how did Palm Springs get so much modernism in the first place?

A short master class on music writing from a New Yorker critic

Alex Ross, music writer for The New Yorker, deftly explains technical terms so that the novice can see how music works. Listen to the interview along with music clips.

LA Art Show passes critic's 'Marilyn' test

Local art critic, gallerist and curator Mat Gleason says this year's L.A. Art Show at the convention center is better focused — and has weeded out a lot of the crap.

Assemblyman Gatto proposes Parking Bill of Rights

Assemblyman Mike Gatto's "Parking Bill of Rights" would curtail valets, "bounty hunter," and fine-hungry municipalities.