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

RIP Murray Sayle, a reporter's reporter, 84

(Sayle in Nepal, 1971. Credit: John Cleare/Mountain Camera Picture Library)

THE Kevin McCarthy, by Barry Cutler

(Barry Cutler, by John Rabe.)

The Gerbils of Eaton Canyon

(Family on a walk in Eaton Canyon. Image: Carolyn Kozo Cole.)

Wombleton: A New Old Record Store in Highland Park, from 1/3 of My Barbarian

I just got a note from my friend Jade Gordon that she and Ian Marshall have opened a new record store in Highland Park. Jade is a member of the performance troupe My Barbarian and an actor (Sugartown).

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week: Chinese Classical Music

Every week, KPCC Engineer Peter Stenshoel brings in an album for his workers to look at. Here's this week's selection.

Clifton's Cafeteria Under New Management

I guess the first thing to say is that Clifton's Brookside Cafeteria, the historic downtown woodland-themed restaurant, has not technically been "sold."

Angelinos: Parking Meter Rules Have Changed

Maybe you were paying attention in May, when the city changed its parking meter enforcement policy, but I missed it.

Sacred Fools Sound Wise Talking About Theatre

I just posted and released as an Off-Ramp podcast the long version of my interview with members of The Sacred Fools Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre collective in Hollywood that just opened its 14th season.

Rabe announces winner of Dessert Book Contest

In the most recent weekly Off-Ramp Newsletter, which you should sign up for, I announced yet another photo contest, the winner to receive the book I'm digging into above, Los Angeles Classic Desserts: Recipes from Favorite Restaurants, by Grace Bauer.

Goodbye, Columbus Day. Hello #ColumboDay!

To celebrate #ColumboDay, here's John Rabe's conversation with William Link, co-creator of the GOOD lieutenant, "Columbo."

Dear AmEx, what am I, chopped liver?

There's Johnny Walker Red, Black, and Blue.

Clifton's Sold!

Blogdowntown reports:

My brother, the commercial disc jockey, waxes his leg

Commercial disc jockeys do many things public radio hosts don't.

Charlie Chan - villain or hero?

I've just released a special podcast of my interview with a man who is forcing us to rethink this man:

Another voice from my past gone: NBC's Edwin Newman, 1919-2010

Edwin Newman was the underappreciated (they let his contact expire when he was only 65) NBC newsman who also a bulldog on language, which puts him on my side.