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

Oscars: designer Nick Verreos on movie costumes, red carpet fashion

The Oscars wouldn't be the Oscars without the glamor of the red carpet. Just like the movies wouldn't be the movies without perfect costumes.

The New Radicals might win an Oscar this year

Songwriters Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois talk about "Lost Stars," their Oscar-nominated contribution to the film "Begin Again."

What makes a movie Oscar bait?

... And do any Oscar-nominated films this year meet the definition? Filmweek contributor and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson joins John at Musso & Frank.

'Finding Vivian Maier' co-director talks Oscar Nominated documentary

Charlie Siskel talks with host John Rabe about making a documentary about a nanny who turned out to be one of the century’s best and most fascinating photographers.

How do you recreate 70 year old plane sounds for a movie?

You find the plane, of course. Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro did just that for "Unbroken," the Oscar-nominated story of track star and war hero Louis Zamperini.

Four churches, five organists ... it's the Presidents' Day Organ Festival

A fun, easy, and free event on Monday, Feb. 16: an organ crawl in San Marino and South Pasadena.

Dominick's chef Brandon Boudet teaches you how to make Mardi Gras jambalaya

"Jambalaya is like one of those things: 'My mama makes the best jambalaya that way, my mama's jambalaya is better than your mama's jambalaya.'"

Inside Edition's Zoey Tur, first transgender TV reporter, flies again

When last we spoke with Zoey Tur about her gender reassignment, she said her goal was to become the nation's first transgender TV reporter. Done. Next!

Off-Ramp and FilmWeek animation critic Charles Solomon nabs Annie award

Charles Solomon took home the only silver Annie award Saturday night, for "significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation."

UPDATED: The night VA chief McDonald made his now infamous 'special forces' claim

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald spent a couple hourson LA's Skid Row, counting homeless, and searching for homeless veterans.

Off-Ramp blog posts are moving to spiffier new dwellings

Housekeeping news: Off-Ramp blog entries are moving to Off-Ramp's main page.

Are you high on mountains? Cool event Saturday

Saturday in Sierra Madre, a gathering of experts of our magnificent mountains and their impact on our history, culture, and way of life.

First look inside North Hollywood's restored Idle Hour Cafe

Roll out the barrel — more than 30 years after it closed, the historic, barrel-shaped Idle Hour Cafe in North Hollywood is set to reopen in mid-February.

HP Lovecraft: Horrible man, great writer, now collected in annotated edition

He was a bigot, but scholar Leslie Klinger says he turned that anger and angst into great horror fiction.

You may have seen 'Selma,' but this Santa Monica woman was there

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Susan Cloke, who marched from Selma to Montgomery as a young, white teenager.