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

RIP Cliff's Books, musty, messy, melancholy, marvelous

Cliff's Books in Pasadena closed Thursday, and Off-Ramp host John Rabe visited the beloved bookseller for one last haul.

Gil Garcetti celebrates Disney Hall's 10th birthday

Most everyone who sees Disney Hall thinks of Frank Gehry, its architect. But without a highly trained crew of iron workers, it'd still be a dream.

What fish barotrauma is, why it's bad, and how to stop it.

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with marine biologist Milton Love about a cheap, simple solution for barotrauma, which affects rockfish caught by sport anglers.

Gunnar Hansen on playing Leatherface in 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre'

The actor, who played the villain in the iconic horror movie classic, explodes many other myths and lies about the movie. And, yes, the chain saw was real.

Please help identify Karen's 'typewriter bird'

The first time we heard the typewriter bird we thought it was our whacky neighbor, a restaurateur, working on his own Kitchen Confidential. But it was a bird that worked diligently right outside our window.

Simon Trpčeski kills at the Hollywood Bowl. Or, if you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Last night we wrapped up our season at the Hollywood Bowl by watching what I hope is a career-making performance.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher: I arm-wrestled Vladimir Putin ... and lost!

Just after the fall of Communism, US and Russian lawmakers met on two fields of battle: the football field, and a pub.

Huguette Clark and the Spending of a great American fortune

Jury selection begins Tuesday in a trial involving a reclusive copper heiress, an empty mansion in Santa Barbara, Pershing Square's Beethoven statue, and a $300m fortune.

It really isn't that hot, people

Off-Ramp host John Rabe and KPCC Facilities Manager Yolanda Ware go outside with water bottles in tow to find out how hot it really is outside.

Zoey 101: Chopper pilot Bob Tur becomes Zoey Tur, Part 2

Zoey Tur, formerly Bob Tur, is now months into her transition from male to female, and just a few weeks from her first surgery. We talk about men, dating, and Bradley Manning.

Dwight Yoakam to perform at the Hollywood Palladium

Dwight Yoakam joins Off-Ramp host John Rabe for a wide-ranging discussion ahead of his concert Friday at the Hollywood Palladium - his first big LA concert in 5 years

Echo Park's neighborhood council rejects proposed gang injunction; will it sway the judge?

Erika Aguilar updates us on the gang injunction proposed for Echo Park, the rapidly gentrifying LA neighborhood.

Pros and cons: Echo Park's proposed gang injunction

Why, when there's been minimal opposition to the almost 50 gang injunctions in other parts of Los Angeles, is there such vocal opposition to the one proposed for Echo Park?

Impressionist Jim Meskimen's 'America's Got Talent' Odyssey

His mike cut out and he had to make Ben Franklin jokes and take notes from Howard Stern, but impressionist Jim Meskimen says he's delighted by his performance in America's Got Talent.

Hombre: Elmore Leonard's first gig was writing Western fiction

You know Elmore Leonard for his screenplay-perfect crime novels, but he started writing when what paid was Western fiction, and those stories bear all the Leonard hallmarks.