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

The Merv Griffin Show - thousands of hours of history - now on DVD

Dick Cavett and David Peck join Off-Ramp host John Rabe to talk about the Merv Griffin Show archive, including thousands of hours of historical footage of the world's biggest names.

R.H. Greene - Los Angeles Year Zero

Writer, documentarian, and filmmaker R.H. Greene reaches into his archive for a memory of the riots written twenty years ago.

Wait Wait's Peter Sagal: Guess who I met during the LA Riots?

"Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's" Peter Sagal: Two cars roared up, screeched to a halt. All eight doors flew open, and out came uniformed police officers, each of them with a hand on their guns. The nearest officer looked familiar.

Memory of riots imprinted on a 6-year-old girl

KPCC producer Bianca Ramirez says a lot of people ask why she still lives near Florence and Normandie, the spot where the riots broke out. "It's home," she says.

Historian Joe Domanick: The LAPD's culpability in the LA Riots

Historian and journalist Joe Domanick lays primary blame for the L.A. Riots on the LAPD's tradition of hostility against blacks and Latinos, and Chief Gates' arrogance and dereliction of duty.

Riots20: Stories from the LA Riots

We've collected memories from the 1992 L.A. Riots, which started April 29, 1992, with the acquittals of the LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King.

Post Mortem on Pacific Standard Time

The body is still warm - there are still a couple exhibits ongoing - but Pacific Standard Time wrapped up at the end of March, so Off-Ramp host John Rabe chats with the Getty's Deborah Marrow about whether it worked.

Grilled Cheese Invitational judge Claudia Peschiutta loves cheese

Gooey and greasy is good: Grilled Cheese Invitational judge Claudia Peschiutta loves cheese, gives hints how to win her vote.

LA City Council hijinks

An LA City councilman threatens to hit a citizen, another has delusions of grandeur.

Vintage CA license plates to make a comeback?

“Aside from not salting our roads, California doesn’t often do much for automobile enthusiasts.” Assemblyman Mike Gatto sponsors bill to let us have legal vintage plates to fit our vintage cars.

Nick Stern photo taken with actual film and actual camera

Rabe presents photos of Hipstamatic/Instagram critic Nick Stern taken with actual film and actual camera.

Country music legend Earl Scruggs dies at 88

With Bill Monroe and later Lester Flatt, the late Earl Scruggs changed the face of country music.

RIP Adrienne Rich, noted feminist poet, 82

Adrienne Rich, called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century," died Tuesday at the age of 82.

Tonite: FRESH Auction at MOCA

MOCA brings in 200 pieces of new/emerging art for FRESH auction.

New Public Radio name song immortalizes Felde, Rabe, more

New Public Radio name song immortalizes Felde, Rabe, more