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

John Rabe remembrance: A letter from Elmore Leonard

... in which the famed author blurbs a friend's book about their high school alma mater, and sends best wishes for a recovery that never came.

Rabe’s top 5 Los Angeles songs

California, MacArthur Park, A Good Day, I am ... I said, and ...

104-year old animator Tyrus Wong to headline annual kite festival

Otis Kite Festival includes appearance by Tyrus Wong, who designed the look of Disney's "Bambi" and in his later years has been designing, building, and flying kites.

World's oldest man... isn't; Experts debunk man's claim to be 123

A baptismal certificate, found online in a public records search, shows Bolivian peasant Carmelo Flores Laura is only 107. Close, but no cigar.

The Scarlett Letters? Victoria and Albert Museum gets Vivien Leigh archive

Britain's Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired the archive of "Gone With the Wind" star Vivien Leigh, including personal diaries and letters to her husband, Laurence Olivier.

He's dead, Jim. 'The Big Valley' meets 'Star Trek'

DeForest Kelley's Dr Leonard McCoy wasn't the only person on 1960s television to deliver the iconic line, "He's dead, Jim."

The Coals' new album, unashamed LA country music

Yes, the new record from the LA-based country band The Coals is only 22 minutes long, but the music on it is inventive, catchy, genuine, and moving.

Comic Eddie Pepitone's big heart goes bitter-patter

Eddie Pepitone, no relation to the Yankee, is "The Bitter Buddha," but you can tell he's secretly a sweetheart because he often starts laughing in the middle of his rants.

Car culture update: Calif. legacy plates plates to be stamped

“This is an easy way for the state to make life a little more enjoyable for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design.” (Assemblyman Mike Gatto)

Musicologist Michael Sigman picks the best pop melodies

Can you separate words from music and pick pop music's best melody? Sigman surveyed his friends, from Jimmy Webb and Bob Merlis to Les Moonves.

Artist Robert 'Mr Bitchin' Williams and his appetite for creation

"It may be a year, it may be 5 years, 10 years, before Los Angeles is the art capital of the world." -- Robert Williams, subject of the new documentary, "Mr Bitchin.'"

Artist John Baldessari: Don't blame Deitch for MOCA's problems

"I don't think Jeffrey should be demonized. He did what he does. The real problem was the vision of the board."

Paul Brockmann collected 55,000 dresses over 50 years. Now he's selling them.

Brockmann's obsession started because he loved the swishing sound of taffeta as he twirled his wife across the dance floor. But his wife and kids say it’s time for the dresses to go.

VIDEO: Larry King, on hosting Larry King Now on Hulu: 'I could not retire.'

"It comes down to: the delivery system is different, but I'm doing what I did years ago, which is who, what, where, when, why. I thought I could retire, and that was a mistake, but I lucked into this, and am very happy doing it."

LAPL Photo Roulette brings up Rita Hayworth at the roller derby in 1938

Type a random keyword into the search engine of the LA Public Library's photo archive, and learn something new about your city.