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Production & Promotions Director
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
Leonard Nimoy's son has crafted a loving but also very candid portrait of his father and the beloved character he played.
If you couldn't make it to see Pete Escovedo play at the DNC, he's live and free at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena Sunday evening. We dig deep into his catalog for a Latin Jazz big band tune for our Song of the Week.
Singer Baby Dee - playing Fri., Sept. 2 at the Fonda Theatre - is probably the only tree surgeon, church organist, tricycle-riding harpist you'll ever hear playing the accordion.
Baldwin Lake ran 12 to 15 feet deep in its heyday, but now the average depths sits around 30 inches. Arboretum officials say it doesn't have to be that way.
15-year-old Matthew Ruiz, one of the 28 kids in Wilson High's firefighting magnet: "Those fires look kind of crazy, and I want to get out there, but I'm not old enough. I can't wait til I'm older so I can actually do something."
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Bobby Green about the Summit Inn, which burned down Tuesday in the Blue Cut fire.
Just call 1-855-LA-BEERS, and if you're lucky, a real live human being will be waiting to help bring you one beer closer to having the perfect night out.
If you’re not going to the Coliseum Saturday to watch the Rams play an exhibition game against the Cowboys, the next best thing – to celebrate the team’s return and their place in LA history – would be to raise a glass and watch the game at Tom Bergin’s.
That vacant lot across from the L.A. Times is no ordinary vacant lot. It's seen at least two bombings, two famous tent cities and an untold number of feral cats.
“I didn’t realized that paradise came with these risks!” John Rabe talks with a man who almost lost his house in the Sand Fire, and with some of the region's horse rescuers.
The London School was radically conservative. Conservative because they didn't go with the conceptual, abstract flow. Radical because they found new ways to tell stories with landscapes and portraits.
Ruth Gerson, 81, and Crystal, 19, will ride the 67-miles of the Backbone Trail to celebrate the opening of the trail, the fact that they can still do it, and to get more campsites built for hiker and riders.
Dennis Dragon - who produced The Captain and Tennille! - hit it big with "My Beach" and "My Wave" in 1976, tongue-in-cheek takes on surf and turf wars.
Few stories are as weird as the case of a married woman who kept her lover in the attic for decades. It didn't end well. We'll knock on the door of one of LA's most notorious murder houses.
John Rabe talks with social media influencer Richard Nevels at a demonstration outside LAPD headquarters.