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

Wil Wheaton and other Star Trek alumni in 'War of the Worlds'

Wil Wheaton is Orson Welles in a one-night-only performance of "War of the Worlds," alongside many other Star Trek alumni.

FREE: Watch the Golden Globes at The Crest, and dress up!

Where to watch the Golden Globes Sunday.

Remembering - and listening to - the distinct voice of Michele Serros

KPCC reporter and poet Adolfo Guzman-Lopez on the ground-breaking writer Michele Serros.

Rain v Sun song mashup — what are your favorite weather songs?

A few songs to brighten your day or help you feel depressed, and a chance to vote for your favorite rain or sun song.

This Saturday — 12/13/14 — set to be huge for Vegas weddings

The manager of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel tells "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe that Saturday, 12/13/14, will be their biggest day of the year.

Superman creator Jerry Siegel's typewriter hits the Paley Center

Superman creator Jerry Siegel's daughter talks with John Rabe about the typewriter Siegel used to write Superman. It's now on display at the Paley Center.

Don Bachardy's 'Hollywood': Portraits and time machines

Artist Don Bachardy: the Isherwood connection helped him become one of America's most sought-after portrait artist. New book has dozens of Hollywood faces.

Fire ravages builder Geoff Palmer's newest downtown Italian-aint apartment house

Marc Haefele tells us about Geoff Palmer, who thinks the Italians settled LA, and who lost one of his mammoth Italianate apartment blocks in a fire Monday morning.

The story behind Jerry Brown's gubernatorial portrait

As California governor Jerry Brown gears up for his fourth term, artist Don Bachardy talks about the portrait he made for the governor 30 years ago.

Near downtown LA's Skid Row, a haven for harpsichords

It's no longer surprising to find good restaurants and craft cocktails in downtown LA, but you will be surprised to discover what Curtis Berak has been up to in his basement since 1976.

2 friends who helped integrate 'Peanuts' gang with Franklin

In 1968, several parents, including Harriet Glickman and Ken Kelly, convinced Charles Schulz to create Franklin, the first black character in "Peanuts."

4 fun SoCal Christmas events that don't involve shopping malls

As Auntie Mame said, "Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" So make room for these four holiday events.

Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film: 'Big Hero 6'

Charles Solomon talks about Disney's animated blockbuster "Big Hero 6" with two of the artists responsible for its look and its Oscar nomination: Paul Felix and Scott Watanabe.

Inside the living, breathing Disney Hall organ as it turns 10

John Rabe and organ builder Manuel Rosales take us inside the Disney Hall Organ, the iconic centerpiece of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Celebrating Veterans Day with John's dad, Kevin's grandma, and Doualy's great uncle

Three vets: one who fought the Cold War, one who survived sharks in the Pacific, and one who became a hero to Hmong refugees in the US.