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

Meet the last surviving member of Norco's pioneering veterans wheelchair basketball team

70 years ago, the first organized wheelchair basketball team, made up of paralyzed World War 2 vets, hit the gym floor in Norco.

For Star Trek's 50th, Off-Ramp's 4 best Trek moments. What are yours?

From George Takei's amazing second act, to Brooks McFadden's post Star Trek stage productions, to the remastering of Star Trek: The Next Generation, here are some of our favorite segments as Star Trek turns 50.

We go deep with Adam Nimoy on his new documentary 'For the Love of Spock'

Leonard Nimoy's son has crafted a loving but also very candid portrait of his father and the beloved character he played.

Song of the Week: Azteca's "Whatcha Gonna Do," from early Pete Escovedo

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.

You haven't got a box big enough for singer Baby Dee

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.

The Los Angeles Arboretum's lake is filled with sludge

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.

As wildfires rage, students at firefighting magnet school in El Sereno learn the basics

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."

Farewell Summit Inn, a haven for road-trippers and hotrodders

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Bobby Green about the Summit Inn, which burned down Tuesday in the Blue Cut fire.

Los Angeles, this beer hotline's for you

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.

Toast the return of the LA Rams at Tom Bergin's under a piece of Rams history

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.

From radicals to feral cats: Downtown LA's historic empty lot

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.

Sand Fire: Humans and Horses evacuated

“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.

You can take photos at the Getty's new 'London Calling' exhibit

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.

An octogenarian rides again on the 67-mile Backbone Trail

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.

Co-founder of Surf Punks remembers localism battles of the 60s and 70s

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.