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

Review: Seth Macfarlane Sings at Club Nokia

Two Saturdays ago, Off-Ramp talked with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane about his gig at Club Nokia, singing his new album Music is Better than Words.

Absolutely, a little power corrupts, too

A couple news items caught my eye yesterday:

Simon Cowell interview - Auditions in LA this weekend for Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor'

Simon Cowell, the man TV audiences loved to hate on "American Idol," launches his new show, "The X Factor," this fall. Actually, it's not so new - it's wildly successful in countries around the world, but is just now coming to America. Auditions for the U.S. version are Sunday in Los Angeles. Cowell told Off-Ramp host John Rabe how the new show will be better than the old one.

Off-Ramp Commentator Alex Ben Block's Daughter Hayley Taylor Sings 1000% Better Than He Does

Off-Ramp contributor Alex Ben Block, senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, may be many things - including author of the blockbuster The Legend of Bruce Lee.

Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

If you live in Southern California, you’ve thought about it this week: “What’s happening in Japan could have happened to us.” Still, most people lack a basic emergency plan and emergency supplies.

R.H. Greene: Vampira Remembered


With passing of last US WW1 vet, we remember last California Doughboy

With the passing of Frank Buckles this Sunday, an era has ended. There are no more "doughboys" to bear witness to America's role in The War To End All Wars.

Lonely Wolverine Still in California

Three years after he was first spotted, and 89 years since the last of his kind was trapped here, the state's only wolverine is still stalking the Sierra Nevada. Off-Ramp Host John Rabe speaks with Bill Zielinski, a carnivore specialist with the US Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, about the only known wolverine wandering California. CLICK THROUGH for a link to a real wolverine movie.

Snow Coming - Snapshot by Oscar-winner Emile Kuri

The talk of snow reminds me of this snapshot of a home in Los Feliz in 1948.

Short Short Story from Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

In his weekly KCET blog, KPCC's AdolfoGuzman-Lopez spins a short, tragic LA story.

Bootie Call at "This Old House" Wrap Party!!

No, not a booty call. A bootie call. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Is Barry Cutler an Oscar Sage or Fool?

Every year, actor and Off-Ramp contributor Barry Cutler burdens his friends with his Oscar prognostications. This year is no different. Please comment below if you agree or disagree with his predictions.

Los Angeles IS for Lovers! "Lover's Lane" is ...

On Valentine's Day, LA Observed's Kevin Roderick presented a small map mystery from the LA Public Library archives.

RIP Betty Garrett and Kenneth Mars

Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams were the headliners in Neptune's Daughter, and their rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a knockout. But for my money, Betty Garrett -- who died Saturday morning at the age of 91 -- outperforms them in a parody version with Red Skelton.

Forrest Ackerman Book Signing Saturday

There's a book signing 5pm Saturday for The Life of Forry, by Deborah Painter, at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90028.