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

Perch - New Restaurant Above Pershing Square Hip For Adults

(Pershing Square looks pretty good at night, from 15 stories up. Credit: John Rabe.)

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? UCLA's Broad Center v. Bee Gees

This news release just came in from UCLA

Family Circus Miracle Baby: PJ's First Words?

It's yet another refrigerator door moment for the world's least amazing newspaper comic strip.

Justice Department settles with city of Walnut over religous discrimination allegations

The city of Walnut has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of religious discrimination. The department filed the suit after the city’s planning commission rejected a conditional use permit for the Chung Tai Zen Center three years ago.

Lisa See's "Dreams of Joy" ... or "Joy Has Two Mommies"

Lisa See's "Shanghai Girls" ended with a cliffhanger, but now it's payback time in the historically rich See-quel, "Dreams of Joy," fills in Americans on Mao's disastrous Great Leap Forward.

Hideki Irabu, former Yankees pitcher, found dead in Rancho Palos Verdes

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes. The county sheriff says he apparently killed himself. He was 42.

What'd They Say? New Work on Display at Getty

I get the Getty's emails and got all excited when I saw this one:

Lineup Set for KPCC/The Comedy Store free event, and there's still room for you.

UPDATE: We've firmed up the list of comics appearing at our taping at The Comedy Store this Saturday night, and there are still seats available. (See below for all details.)

Selfish or Illegal? Space blockers not much better than Bynum.

Like mini-Andrew Bynums, these people were all parked immorally Sunday afternoon on North Stanley Avenue in Hollywood. They're all parked in the middle of what should be two spaces.

HELD OVER! David Dean Bottrell Makes Love - Hilarious, profane, touching one-man show

Good news! David Dean Bottrell writes to say that his one-man show has been extended through August 3d. I'd like to say it was the Power of Off-Ramp, but it's really because of the strength of Bottrell's performance.

"Sugar Daddies" Pitch Sets Back Cause About 100 Years

Most of the pitches we get for possible radio segments are fine. They may not be right for Off-Ramp, but they're not actually insulting. This one crosses the line and makes me wonder if they weren't consciously waiting for Betty Ford, champion of the ERA, to die before putting it out there:

The Comedy Store/KPCC Free Event

You're invited to a taping of The Comedy Store, a new radio show recorded live at The Comedy Store, LA's oldest comedy club and the springboard for Jim Carrey, David Letterman, and many others.

Monster Movie Matinees at LACMA

There's a great schedule of classic monster movie matinees at LACMA for the next couple of months. Bring the kids! All the monster matinees are at 2pm.

A Slightly Stinky Jewel in Van Nuys

One of the delights of not being a SoCal native is running across stuff that most people already know about, like the 6.5 acre Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, interwoven with the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.

Virtual Vintage Tour of Wilshire Blvd

Saturday at 2pm, the Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library are putting on what looks to be a very cool, low-key event called The Wilshire Slides, 1978–79. It's at the Taper Auditorium at the Central Library, and is presented by Annie Laskey, Shannon Simonds, and Eric Lynxwiler.