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

PHOTOS: LA County Sheriffs through the years

Commentator Marc Haefele considers Sheriff Baca's odd and sudden departure, and we look at other colorful sheriffs in LA County's past.

Want a date? Learn to make classic cocktails!

John Rabe takes the Crawford Family Forum on the road and learns lessons about the classic cocktail trend (it came late to LA) and how to make a really good Martini.

Disney Hall organ spectacular a lesson for the arts: Engage!

... In which Rabe claims that a simple organ performance at Disney Hall turned into money for the arts and a future for classical music.

Dee Dee's Dive replaces The Bucket, Eagle Rock's venerable greasy burger joint

The Bucket, the burger joint that graced, or greased, Eagle Rock since 1935, was shuttered this year, but rises again as Dee Dee's Dive.

50 years later, Culver City honors first female marathoner

Merry Lepper, now 71, accepts a commendation from Culver City for breaking distance running's glass ceiling in 1963.

50 years later: Remembering the Baldwin Hills Dam collapse

On December 14, 1963 the dam in front of the Baldwin Hills reservoir broke. Rhea Coskey lost her home in the flood, and for the first time in 50 years, she's ready to talk about it.

King Taco: Critic Jonathan Gold on what it means to LA

With the passing of founder Raul Martinez Sr. this week, the Pulitzer-winning critic tells Off-Ramp's John Rabe why King Taco is important to LA.

Who flocks Christmas trees anymore? These festive guys

Sure, the snow is fake, but it looks fabulous. And Christmas tree flocking is something of an art. One 20-year veteran of the business shows us how it's done.

TV stars tell holiday stories at 'Once Upon a Christmas'

"I would run my sticky fingers across images that seemed to be beamed from some magical, alternative universe where people gave dinner parties and owned patio furniture."

U.K. choreographer Matthew Bourne updates 'Sleeping Beauty' with ... vampires?

The London choreographer known for making ballet accessible and exciting opens his rule-breaking version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet Thursday in L.A.

'Mythbusters' Adam Savage Q&A: What myth does he wish was true?

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with half of the Mythbusters, Adam Savage, about fire drills, science education and injecting hot pepper under his skin.

Sorry, twerk and bitcoin, selfie is Oxford's Word of the Year

The people who bring us the Oxford English Dictionary say the Australian-coined word "selfie" increased in use 17,000 times over the last year.

JFK assassination 50 years later: Rosalind Wyman recalls happier times (archival photos)

In 1960, the then-Los Angeles City Councilwoman got President John F. Kennedy to the Coliseum. Then she had to persuade a GOP supporter to host him ... and 1,500 friends.

LA Kitchen's job training for ex-cons, foster kids

Robert Egger will open L.A. Kitchen in Lincoln Heights to offer job training for aged-out foster kids and people returning from prison, and also to provide healthy meals to seniors.

Mark Lacter, LA business reporter and KPCC contributor, dies

Mark Lacter, KPCC contributor and the author of business blog LA Biz Observed, has passed away. He was 59. Lacter died after suffering a stroke Wednesday.