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

Clay Russell breaks the taboo, talks about his suicide attempt

As he told Off-Ramp, "It would be perfectly normal dinner party conversation to talk about your colonoscopy, but you talk about mental illness and people get freaked out."

At last: 'MacArthur Park' song comes to LA's MacArthur Park

Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote MacArthur Park, has never sung the song in LA's MacArthur Park. This gross oversight will be remedied June 15.

How Dylan Brody and John Rabe faked it for fundraising

Turns out, that wonderful spontaneous Off-Ramp fundraising moment between John and Dylan was scripted and pre-recorded.

Cheech Marin: Yes, Chicano art is good, and the numbers are with us, but then what?

"Artifex" was a wide-ranging, eye-opening, and sometimes profane discussion on Chicano art at Koplin Del Rio Gallery, led by Cheech Marin, with Susana Smith Bautista, and artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Shizu Saldamando, John Valadez, and Harry Gamboa Jr..

PHOTOS: Why Alvin Kaufman built a fallout shelter in his Woodland Hills back yard

It was the 1960s, and Kaufman's job for Litton was to determine the effect of a nuclear blast on equipment. Of course this means he well knew its effect on humans, so it's no wonder he built a shelter in the backyard of his home.

PHOTOS: Frank Romero gives Off-Ramp an exclusive interview at his studio in the South of France

The Chicano icon now spends seven months of the year at his atelier near the Rhone, and admits that at New Year's he prefers champagne and oysters to menudo and beer.

Update: Beach access Malibu Beach app meets Kickstarter goal

John Rabe talks with Jenny Price, writer, activist and historian about Our Malibu Beaches--an upcoming app that puts the spotlight on LA's hidden public beaches.

Things we like: French kisses, French horns, French fries and ... French drivers?

The French take heat for many things – the guillotine, dog poop on the sidewalk, Serge Gainsbourg, Napoleon Dynamite -- but don't complain about their driving.

PHOTO: Writer's block rewarded with astounding Venice Beach photos

Can't write? Use the LA Public Library online photo archive to jog your brain. Or, sear an image into your brain.

AP Mark Twain Awards: KPCC snags six, two for Off-Ramp. Thanks, listeners!

The AP Television-Radio Association gave KPCC six Mark Twain Awards, including two for Off-Ramp. The credit, of course, goes to the listeners who fund the station. Without you, to coin a phrase, we're nothing.

Supervisor Molina promises to help save East LA's giant tamale building

"I, too, fondly remember it and other iconic structures that lined Whittier Boulevard, and I agree that the structure is worthy of historic designation."

K-Earth 101's Shotgun Tom Kelly retires, to become ambassador

Shotgun Tom leaves afternoon drive. "The most important thing to me are the people that love this music, and I want to keep them entertained; I want to keep them happy."

Dr. Antronette Yancey, public health doc fought obesity, care disparities, dies at 55

Toni Yancey ran UCLA's Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities. Not the Center to Study ... Not the Center to Talk it to Death and Do Nothing ... the Center to Eliminate. Here's hoping she made a dent.

New Billy Ray Cyrus memoir 'Hillbilly Heart' like a good country song

Billy Ray Cyrus he took the songwriting advice he got years ago, pares everything down to its essence, and leaves out the preaching. He says, This is what happened to me, make of it what you will.

Billy Ray Cyrus and his Hillbilly Heart at Live Talks LA Wednesday

Help us interview country star Billy Ray Cyrus (father of you-know-who) about his life, music, and memoir "Hillbilly Heart."