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

Janet Maclachlan Appreciation

Steve Ryfle has just posted a nice appreciation of actor Janet Maclachlan, of I Spy, Star Trek, and Sounder.

Pumpkin Carving Contest - Judges Needed

Saturday night we watched the restored Frankenstein ...

Documentarian Arthur Dong releases DVD set

You may not know that we categorize stuff on the web, and you can file this one under many different topics - history, immigration, LA Culuture, film, etc. - which I take as a sure sign it's a good one.

Who Was That Walking Man?

(Photo by KPCC's Alex Cohen, taken the day of the Marc Abrams Memorial Walk.)

Home Movie Day is coming. Are you ready?

Home Movie Day (October 16) is designed to get you to blow the dust off the cans or boxes of old home movies you have at home, and share them with other people. You can hear all about it on this week's Off-Ramp.

Rabe interviews Athol Fugard for Off-Ramp

The US premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, The Train Driver, is this Friday (for previews), with an official opening Saturday the 16th at The Fountain Theatre.

Rabe interviewed on The Marketplace of Ideas

It wasn't quite as scary as climbing a 20-foot ladder to work on the roof of my house last weekend, but it was still hair-raising.

Famous Person You've Never Heard Of: Russell Morash

If you're a fan of This Old House, The French Chef with Julia Child, and Victory Garden, you'll want to listen to my interview with Russell Morash.

OCMA's Biennial Opens Oct 24!

The first time I went to the Orange County Museum of Art's CA Biennial, I thought it was so good, they should hold it every year. We interviewed a dozen of the artists and ran them for months on Off-Ramp.

Bad Advice - New JR Blog Feature

Today I'm beginning a new occasional feature of the John Rabe Blog in which I kibitz the work of established, respected advice columnists. Today, The Ethicist, Randy Cohen's regular feature in the New York Times Magazine.

POW, Los Angeles! Comic-Con Stays Put in San Diego

Comic-Con draws 130,000 people to San Diego every year, bringing in something like $163 million, so you could understand why LA wanted the convention to move here.

Good News! Missing real estate broker Ed Rosenthal found alive!

What a relief. LA Observed brings together a couple reports that say Ed Rosenthal was found in Joshua Tree and airlifted out. He's not out of the woods, but was talking to his rescuers.

RIP Mario Leonetti, founded local volunteer opera company

A few weeks ago, Off-Ramp told you about the Casa Italiana Opera Company, an all-volunteer group that puts on operas a few times a year at the cultural center next to St Peter's Italian Church, just north of LA's Chinatown.

Off-Ramp Future: Thrifty Ice Cream Visit

Here I am in 1924, enjoying a delicious scoop of ice cream. Tomorrow, I'll be heading to El Monte to visit the Thrifty ice cream plant in El Monte, inspired by Nancy Luna's delicious OC Register article about the company.

E-Scammers are now parodying themselves!

This just arrived in my in box: