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

Wayne White brings one-man stage show to Los Angeles

Many years ago, Wayne White told a young comedian, "Hey, you should try my suit and bow tie tonite. It might get a reaction. And stop talking in that deep bass voice." The rest is history.

Critics Rave! Rabe's New Movie: Quest for Fire 2

See Quest for Fire 2, the movie the critics are writing about:

Mark Peel Details Groupon/The Point Story

You might remember that back in June Off-Ramp reported on restaurateur Mark Peel's unlikely new venture, a lunch counter called The Point in Culver City.

Tour Hughes Aircraft Campus with LA Conservancy

Here's a great opportunity: On March 20, tour the former HQ of Hughes Aircraft, where they built planes, helicopters, and the “Spruce Goose,” the largest plane ever to fly.

Graham Moore's Elementary Debut Novel, "The Sherlockian"

I've just posted a long (30-minute) interview with Graham Moore, the author of The Sherlockian. Moore is a Columbia grad who read the story of a murdered (?) Sherlockian a few years ago, and after waiting a couple years for someone else to novelize the story, decided to write it himself.

It's a Cold Pizza Breakfast, or Lidsville and HR Pufnstuf are on KCET weekend mornings

Drat! I thought I was the first person, besides Al Jerome ...

Monrovia is a No "Rent" District

Funny, Team Off-Ramp was just talking on the way to lunch yesterday about how awful the musical Rent is, and now Monrovia High School's principal has agreed with us and nixed a student performance.

LA Observed's Parking Garage Solution

In an LA Observed blog entry, pegged to an LA Business Journal article, about the city of LA's plans to phase out parking garages to save money ..

Paul Mazursky Makes Movies About Real People

Next Thursday (January 13), make plans to see Harry and Tonto at LACMA, and stick around for the Q&A afterwards with director Paul Mazursky and Off-Ramp contributor (and filmmaker) RH Greene.

Kevin Von Feldt Update: "Bob Cratchit" Responds

After my most recent posting on producer Kevin Von Feldt, Von Feldt himself responded in a blog comment, excerpted here:

Is Kevin Von Feldt At It Again?

Yet another Kevin Von Feldt production of "A Christmas Carol" is under a cloud. Von Feldt, producer of the widely-panned and technically troubled Kodak Theatre production of a couple years back, is in trouble for allegedly not paying musicians at a production in suburban Minneapolis.

Rachel Bloom joins Mantle, Carolla, Poggioli and more in our All Star Night Before Christmas

Where else will you find Rachel Bloom, Larry Mantle, Salman Rushdie, and Sylvia Poggioli rendering Clement Moore's "A Visit from St Nicholas" for your ears?

All-Star "Night Before Christmas"

For the last couple weeks, I've been gathering voices for the Off-Ramp NBC Project, as in The Night Before Christmas, the iconic poem probably by Clement Moore. (Yes, I know it's properly A Visit From St Nicholas, but that doesn't yield a clever anagram.

Judy Chicago's radical new book treats Frida Kahlo not as cult figure but as artist

Think about it. How often have you seen a serious assessment of Frida Kahlo that doesn't view everything in terms of her biography, especially her relationship with muralist Diego Rivera (below, in forehead) and her near-fatal accident?

Actual Fall Colors in SoCal - Why

I'm from Michigan, so it takes a lot for me to be wowed by fall colors, but driving up the 110 this morning, at parkway speed, I noticed actual autumn colors on many of the trees. The writers at LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website noticed, too, and did a little digging.