John Rabe

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

#ISeeChange - Milton Love, tropical fish, and global warming

Milton Love, Off-Ramp's resident marine biologist, turns his expertise to our project #ISeeChange, and considers whether tropical fish sightings off California prove global warming.

Remembering the 1992 LA Riots with Off-Ramp

On this date in 1992, the LA Riots started when the Rodney King verdict was announced. In 2012, Off-Ramp aired a special edition looking back at the event on the 20th anniversary.

The sub-cult of Billy the Mime, an actual good mime. No, really.

You missed a rare local performance by Billy the Mime. Read this to find out why you shouldn't miss the next one.

Help us date and translate a trove of LA postcards

Someone bought 13 postcards from Kennedy's Card Shop in Los Angeles many years ago and never sent them.

And P-22 the mountain lion's 'new' name, selected by listeners, is...

"Huell," "Puma Thurman," "Yossarian," "Pounce de Leon"… these were all possible new names for P-22 the mountain lion. Listeners picked their favorite.

Vote now! Rename P-22 the mountain lion

Felix? Yossarian? Pounce de Leon? Huell? Puma Thurma? Cast your vote for P-22's new name.

Let's give P-22 the mountain lion a better name!

Off-Ramp calls on listeners to rename P-22, Southern California's most famous mountain lion.

Co-director of '1915' on growing up with Armenian genocide as family history

This weekend marks the opening of "1915," a new movie about the genocide co-directed by Garin Hovannisian. His family connections to the tragedy run deep.

Roz Wyman's front row seats to the birth of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday was Opening Day at Dodgers Stadium and Roz Wyman was there, as she has been every single year since she helped bring the team to Los Angeles in 1958.

Even a star of Culture Clash's 'Chavez Ravine' roots for the Dodgers

John Rabe talks with Richard Montoya of Culture Clash about Chavez Ravine, the lost neighborhood, memory, and the Dodgers.

Legendary Dodgers scout Mike Brito on the right stuff on the field and in the wardrobe

From his Cordoba penny loafers, to his matching tie and handkerchief, Mike Brito - who discovered Fernando Valenzuela and Yasiel Puig -- is an antidote to Zubaz America.

Dodgers' new public address announcer has roots in radio

Todd Leitz, who for a dozen years was a regular on Am news stations in LA, is now the Dodgers PA announcer.

New GM Farhan Zaidi says new LA Dodgers will build consensus

If L.A. is primarily a melting pot of religions, cultures and ethnicities, new Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi is as L.A. as you can get.

Bogart and Bacall's son Stephen Bogart on Film Noir

To kick off the Egyptian Theatre's Film Noir festival, John Rabe talks Stephen Bogart, with the son of Noir royalty.

MOCA doubles your art pleasure with Sturtevant and Joseph exhibits

Kahlil Joseph's "Double Conscience" and Sturtevant's "Double Trouble" ask big questions at MOCA in Downtown LA.