Beginning July 5, John Rabe, veteran radio journalist and longtime host of KPCC's Off-Ramp, will become 89.3 KPCC's Production and Promotions Director. The new role will allow the station to integrate more of John's aesthetic throughout the program schedule.
"John embraces Southern California and its amazing diversity," says Kristen Muller, Head of Programming and Content Innovation. "He brings the region’s people, places and stories to life like nobody else. As KPCC strives to improve its service, it makes sense to put our strongest broadcasting foot forward. That’s John."
John first joined KPCC as the host of “All Things Considered” in March 2000. For the last 11 years, he’s hosted “Off-Ramp,” where he’s displayed a unique ability to connect Southern Californians through sound. The show has won many awards (including ‘Best Public Affairs Show’ from the RTNDA) and has been a launch pad for talented producers and reporters including ‘The Dinner Party Download," Queena Kim, Kevin Ferguson, and James Kim.
In his new role, John will work with Sal LoCurto, Director of Programming, to bring a more creative approach to all our on-air promotion. He will also work closely with our locally produced shows, especially with reporters and producers new to the medium, helping them to capture the fun and flavor of radio.
“This is a change I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” said John. “Frankly, when Steve Julian died, I questioned if I was challenging myself enough, if I was doing what I really wanted to do. This new role will be a little bit scary and very exciting, and while I’ve loved helping Southern Californians tell their stories on Off-Ramp, I look forward to working with my colleagues to help them have the fun I’ve had on Off-Ramp.”
On stepping away as host after so many years, John quipped: “I know I won’t be getting the best booth at Conrad’s anymore, but it’ll be worth it.”
“Off-Ramp” will end its long run on Sunday, July 2 with a special program.Stay tuned for details.