John Rabe

Production & Promotions Director

Contact John Rabe

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

Amazon: Fullerton man's Holocaust memoir 'Best of 2013'

Amazon put "The Boy on the Wooden Box," by the late Leon Leyson of Fullerton, at the top of its "best of 2013" list. Leyson was youngest person on the real Schindler's List.

Martin Mull paints dreams of suburbia 'you didn't know you had' (photos)

Actor/artist Martin Mull opens a new collection of paintings Bob Odenkirk describes as "stunning, moving, and strange. It makes you feel like you're watching a dream you didn't know you had."

New LACMA exhibit reveals French filmmaker Agnès Varda in 1968 LA

"The minute I came to LA I liked it very much," she recalls. "The palm trees, the ocean. What was happening here in '67 was incredible."

Amazing table tennis trick shots captured on video

Spain's Josep Antón Velázquez's wins the international competition for the best trick shot in table tennis.

Janis Joplin finally gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Legendary music executive Clive Davis said the late Janis Joplin rewrote "the rules for what was possible and what was permissible."

'12 Years a Slave' Oscar winner John Ridley

John Rabe talks with John Ridley about finding a new way to talk about Jimi Hendrix, and how to cover slavery without being preachy.

Getty Villa exhibit invites visitors to rediscover Roman Emperor Tiberius

Cruelty? Sexcapades? Drunken toga parties? The Getty Villa's new exhibit shows off a rare statue of Tiberius, portrayed as (mostly) victim of Roman tittle-tattle.

How KPCC got the rights to 'The War of the Worlds'

How KPCC decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the most famous radio broadcast of all time, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre production of "The War of the Worlds."

Young entrepreneur starts 'No Burger Left Behind' program at SoCal school

"There's a drug dealer in my daughter's school. He's not selling pot, crack or meth; he's selling ... hamburgers."

New 'War of the Worlds' doc peeks behind the scenes of the 1938 classic

"War of the Welles" tells the backstory of the most famous radio broadcast of all time, "The War of the Worlds," which aired October 30, 1938.

David Sedaris to share spotlight with Off-Ramp's Dylan Brody

David Sedaris is coming to Pasadena November 15th, and he's asked Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody to share the stage with him and tell a goats story.

Video: '12 Years a Slave' screenwriter John Ridley

John Rabe talks to the screenwriter of the slavery film, which is out this weekend.

Mexican Ranchera singer and pop superstar Pepe Aguilar gets his due at The Grammy Museum

Pepe Aguilar's 24th album — he's already sold 12-million records — debuted at #1 on iTunes and is a tribute to his father Antonio Aguilar's great rival, Vicente Fernández. This is his first public radio interview.

PHOTOS: Shuttle Endeavour - One year ago, LA was one big party

It was one the most joyous long weekends in LA history. Shuttle Endeavour crawled from LAX to the California Science Center, as millions of us cheered. We mark the 1 year anniversary, and look at the center's plans for Endeavour.

Father Boyle and Rabbi Gross fundraise for KPCC

Two men who know something about guilt and redemption, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Rabbi Marv Gross of Union Station Homeless Services, talk about giving to KPCC.