John Rabe

KPCC's 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

Scandal in San Fernando

The city of San Fernando may beat Bell for sheer soap opera quality. At a city council meeting, with his wife in the front row, the mayor recently admitted he was dating a councilwoman -- violating his marriage vows and the Brown Act. Off-Ramp host John Rabe spoke with San Fernando Valley Sun editor Diana Martinez, who says the admission is emblematic of much deeper governance problems in the city.

Violinist remembers posing for huge freeway mural, and Kent Twitchell recalls painting it

If you drive the Harbor Freeway, you've seen Julie Gigante, the LA Chamber Orchestra violinist. You can't miss her. She's eight stories high. She's one of the most prominent LACO members depicted in Kent Twitchell's mural, "Harbor Freeway Overture," which was begun twenty years ago. Gigante is still with LACO, and until just the other day when she talked with Off-Ramp host John Rabe, hadn't stood at the foot on the mural. Rabe also talked with Twitchell, who is still proud of his monument to the musical artists.

Bert Stern and Marilyn Monroe's last session - new from Taschen

Marilyn Monroe didn't become an icon on her own. She had co-conspirators -- the photographers whose cameras loved her. Taschen has just published a huge new book of Monroe's last portrait sitting, taken for Vogue magazine by Bert Stern just six weeks before she died. Stern and Monroe worked together for three days at the Hotel Bel Air, which is where Tachen unveiled the new book. Bert Stern was the guest of honor and he talked with Off-Ramp host John Rabe.

"Man Cave," "I know, right?" -- Word Banishment nominations close soon

Every year, Lake Superior State University in Soo MI banishes words and phrases from the English language. Stuff like "de-plane" (1981), "dawg" (2006), "giving 110%" (1998), and "bottom line" (1979 and 1992). This year, LSSU's Tom Pink told KPCC's John Rabe, the nominations include "not gonna lie;" "I know, right?;" "game-changer;" "flash mob;" "Californicate," and "man cave." But there's still room for more, from you. Deadline: Dec 15.

Donovan finally in Rock Hall of Fame

For some reason folk-rocker Donovan has only just been named as one of the next inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

RIP Harry Morgan, but why sanitize his obit?

I liked Harry Morgan the actor, who died Wednesday at the age of 96. I loved him on MASH and respect his film work.

Did John Lennon predict his own death; Stamp Out the Beatles; & the other 5th Beatle, my dad

(1964, Olympia Stadium, Detroit. Paul, George, John, Ringo, and WT "Bill" Rabe. Credit:Tony Spina/Detroit Free Press)

Banish your pet language peeves - Deadline Dec 15

Every year, Lake Superior State University in Soo, Michigan banishes words and phrases from the English language.

Duelling Celebrity "Night Before Christmas" readings

31 voiceover professionals -- as Voices for Children -- have recorded Clement Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" to benefit Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. There'll also be a live performance Christmas Eve.

Why does Milton Love love fish?

Which is the ugliest fish of all? Which is the cutest? Why would kids have freaked out if marine biologist Milton Love had written the screenplay for Finding Nemo? These and many more questions are answered in Off-Ramp host John Rabe's in-depth interview with Love, who is also an Off-Ramp commentator. Love has just published "Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast."

Off-Ramp Facebook trains to Santa Barbara

In case you missed it yesterday, I took the train to Santa Barbara to interview marine biologist Milton Love about his new book, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast.

John Rabe on the street at Occupy LA raid

Off-Ramp host John Rabe reporting from Tuesday night's LAPD raid on the Occupy LA encampment on the lawn of City Hall.

Occupy LA Raid from inside the park - Frank Stoltze on a tents situation

Off-Ramp host John Rabe was kept out of the encampment after the LAPD raid started, but KPCC's Frank Stoltze was part of the media pool allowed to witness the arrests firsthand. John and Frank met across the street from City Hall Friday morning to recount what Frank saw.

Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide, 1969-????

The face on the cover of "Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide" is a little older but the 43-year-old book series still retains its comfortable heft, in terms of weight and respectability.

Off-Ramp Maltin Haiku winner

In this week's Off-Ramp Newsletter, which goes out to thousands of Off-Ramp fans, we offered a copy of the 2012 edition of Leonard Maltin's movie guide for the best haiku about a movie.