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

"Family Circus" Crosses the Line with Pit Hair Plot

*Usually, Family Circus, the 970-year old newspaper comic panel, is just inane.

Tour an unexpected treasure: Downtown LA's San Antonio Winery

Steve Riboli tours Rabe through his family's San Antonio Winery, which has made it more than 90 years through wars, Prohibition, recessions and a Depression, not to mention the Great California Wine Revolution.

Off-Ramp Haiku Contest - Saturday

Simple. In the "Comments" segment below, write a haiku to accompany this photo.

Director Ken Russell in LA - Chamberlain to join for Q&A


Gary Leonard Joins LA Observed

I'm a little late to this, but it's great to see the feature Take My Picture Gary Leonard is now at LA Observed.

Calpers, Vernon, Bell ... Rabe's Waste and Corruption Lottery Proposal

This isn't your ordinary rant from a crotchety old man on his front porch.

For Sale: Dr Laura Show items

With the impending end of her radio show, Dr Laura is putting all the equipment she uses for the broadcast up for sale on e-Bay, including this baby:

Bon Appetit Spoils Rabe's Appetite in Top Ten Lists

Los Angeles needs more stylish fine-dining restaurants like Hatfield's--family-owned spots where the food (not the Hollywood crowd) is the top priority.

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week

My colleague Peter Stenshoel intrigues me on a regular basis. Every week, there's a different old album on his desk. Here's this week's pick:

Rabe talks with Vikram Jayanti, filmmaker: "The Agony & The Ecstasy of Phil Spector"

I approached "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," the new documentary about the convicted killer and fabled music producer by Vikram Jayanti, with trepidation. If the jury was wrong and Spector did not kill Lana Clarkson at his castle in Alhambra .

Photographer Vince Gonzales gives new life to vintage film equipment

Photographer Vince Gonzales' new show at the Pickford Center focuses on film projectors and captures -- somehow -- the spirits of the generations of filmmakers who used the equipment.

Off-Ramp special on 65th Anniversary of VJ Day

America -- including these celebrants in Los Angeles -- erupted in joy and relief on August 14, 1945.

Rabe carps about Leno's dumb people shtick

I see in LA Observed today that Jay Leno is still at it, faking segments that make the general public look stupid.

Entertainment Legend Lou Adler Q&A with Alex Ben Block on Off-Ramp

I've just posted a 40-minute interview with entertainment industry legend Lou Adler as a special Off-Ramp podcast. Like Jack and Lou, for this one, I sat on the sidelines, and let Alex Ben Block, senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, conduct the interview.

Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White visits KPCC

Just the other day I was telling my friends Zack and Rob that if you've never been the Hollywood Bowl, the upcoming Earth, Wind & Fire concerts -- September 3 & 4, with fireworks! -- would be the ones to see.