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

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week: James Tyler, RIP

14th Century Avant-Garde

New Downtown Women's Center - twice the space and more help for homeless women

A few years ago, I interviewed clients of the Downtown Women's Center around Christmastime. The DWC is the only center in downtown LA that caters exclusively to women, which seems odd to me because it's the fastest growing portion of homeless people.

Gylne Tider Celebrity "Let it Be" Video -- Like a slow motion train wreck, but nobody's hurt?

UPDATE: I'm sorry (?) to announce the "Let It Be" celebrity singalong video has been removed from YouTube. -- John Rabe

Stupid Little Video of Rose Bowl Floats

Off-Ramp quick tour past Pasadena's Rose Bowl floats from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.

Bizarre Claim in PR for Film about OCD

This release just came via e-mail:

Glen Keane, The Little Mermaid, and Charles Solomon

The American Cinematheque (at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater) will salute Glen Keane, one of the modern masters of animation, to celebrate his 35-year association with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday December 11th.

Did You Eat At Jerry's Deli in Westwood?

If you ate at Jerry's Deli in Westwood recently, you'll want to check out this warning from the LA County public health department.

Seth "Shadchen" Menachem Starts "My Single Peeps" Matchmaking Site

My friend Seth Menachem is many things. Husband, father, actor, and now matchmaker.

Taste of Mexico to Settle Great Bayless Debate

Friends of Off-Ramp, Jaime del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, will be cooking delights from their restaurant, La Casita Mexicana, at the Taste of Mexico fundraiser Saturday at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

Frank Romero Selling Frogtown Studio

Frank Romero, the groundbreaking Chicano artist, is selling his studio and gallery in Frogtown. The 29th annual Christmas Sale will be the last in the building, which has been an oasis in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood between Riverside Drive and the LA River.

LAPD Targets Jaywalkers

The LA Downtown News reports the police are cracking down on jaywalkers downtown. According to the paper, the "coal in your stocking" will be a $190 ticket.

Rabe visits This Old House renovation in Silverlake

This Old House, the 30+ year old PBS home renovation show, is working on a home in Silverlake. They're keeping the exact location a secret, but allowed me and my microphone a few days ago.

Creative Talent Network eXpo brings in Moebius

Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon writes us about a cool animation event coming to Burbank NEXT weekend.

I'm just saying

Another (undated, unexplained) gem from the LA Public Library online photo collection.

Infamous "Christmas Carol" Producer Kevin Von Feldt Maims "Mame" in Minnesota

It's really astounding how many people do business without checking references, or at least doing a Google search. A friend just forwarded a link to a story out of Burnsville, Minnesota, dated November 4: