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

Rabe and Stoltze and #DearMayor

Education, water, and the runway were big issues for residents of Westchester in the latest installment of Frank Stoltze's #DearMayor cafe chats.

Studio City resident Renee Opell and the photo that may have saved her from the Boston Marathon Bomber

Studio City resident Renee Opell had come to Boston for her 40th marathon. She left with a photo of the moment that may have saved her life.

What Mazda's young racecar drivers say to their peers who text and drive

Few teens believe their parents about much of anything, making it hard to get even the most important messages across, like: Don't text while you drive! Hence, Project Yellow Light, a program that encourages young drivers to make videos to speak to other kids about the dangers of driving distracted, and offers scholarships for the best videos.

PHOTOS: Mazda's diesel race car - 4-doors, high torque, not smelly

The car didn’t finish in its first big race this year—possibly because it had just been delivered the week before. It finished second in its next two races. This mixed showing reflects its singular, developing technology: it’s probably the only diesel race car on the American auto racing scene today.

Shameful neglect at East LA's Mount Zion Jewish cemetery (photos)

Founded in 1916 to bury indigent Jews, the cemetery has been nearly abandoned. Vandals have toppled and tagged headstones, and used others for target practice.

Retired newsman Jim Becker, the last survivor of Ebbets Field pressbox at Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut

"The day sent chills up my spine, and 66 years later it still does. I always said, his failure would have been our failure, but the victory was his."

John Rabe gives Max Raabe an A for bringing back musical elegance

The honey-voiced tenor brings his brand of 1920s and '30s music to L.A.'s Disney Hall this week.

Ben Katchor's wry 'Hand-Drying in America' looks at the little things that tell the story of old American cities

"This concentration on these minute details is not just to be willfully obscure. It's like a scientist looking at the molecular structure of things. If you really want to see how things work, you have to go down to the small scale."

Opening Day: Dodgers shut out Giants, fans love stadium makeover (photos)

One thing hasn’t changed. Vin Scully got the biggest cheer of the day, and, later, up in the top deck, a little transistor radio was broadcasting Vin's play-by-play.

Attention shade tree mechanics! Free stuff from the county!

Free shop towels, funnels, containers ... and all you need is some nasty old motor oil.

Epic fail: Valitar horse show plays out disastrously in San Diego

"They promised this was going to be a spectacle beyond the likes of anything we'd ever seen in San Diego, and in a certain tragic sense, they redeemed that promise. We've never seen anything quite like the disaster that was Valitar."

RIP: Lawrence McKiver, last original member of McIntosh County Shouters

"In slavery times, the old folks couldn't talk to each other. They had to make signs ... make the sounds we singing. That's why we sing in these old slavery sounds ... they couldn't talk so they sang a song and they'd get together underneath the song that we're gonna sing."

Val Kilmer becomes Mark Twain in 'Citizen Twain'

Kilmer says Twain used his own voice, unlike the other public speakers of his time, who affected an unnatural cadence and tone.

Atomic Age Covina Bowl to close, preservationsists very concerned

After more than 60 years, perhaps the best of the Atomic Age shrines to bowling is closing this month, and preservationists are very worried it'll be demolished.

The Getty explores the mystery of Rubens' Korean man

'Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia,' at the Getty Center through June 9th, is the Getty's first Korean-themed exhibit, and its first collaboration with LA's Korean-American community.