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

Tiger’s alleged mistress, Jaimee Grubbs, nabbed for driving on a suspended license. … So what?!

Jaimee Grubbs was arrested for driving on a suspended license and everybody’s all excited. We even reported it, although not as breathlessly as some other outlets.


I filed my taxes a couple weeks ago, and have already spent my refund.

Mark Peel (Campanile, Tar Pit, The Point) takes Rabe up 72-foot Culver City art tower designed by Eric Owen Moss.

I went to Culver City to check out Mark Peel’s new restaurant, The Point, but noticed -- as I drove up -- a huge tower on the corner of Hayden and National.

“Big Man Japan,” bizarre update on Japanese monster movies, includes giant senile grandpa in underpants.

I haven’t read any reviews of this movie, or done any due diligence other than knowing that they do, in fact, show movies at the Downtown Independent, but the synopsis sold me:

Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, former Taliban hostage who saw colleagues beheaded, to speak in Los Angeles April 23.

It was a story that shocked the world and an image that shook journalists.

No Pulitzer for CBS-2 KCAL-9, where web slideshow highlights NCAA cheerleaders’ “art and athleticism.”

I gotta hand it to CBS-2 and KCAL-9. On the day the Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service are announced, when the “new journalism” of the web is supposedly in its ascendancy, they’re highlighting a slideshow that’ll make Sara Lee consider selling Wasa Crispbread instead of cheesecake.

Alex Ben Block: Confessions of a Reborn and Unrepentant Journalist

Alex Ben Block, senior editor of the Hollywood Reporter, is on a tear. Here’s what he wrote in to the John Rabe Blog:

Trading Noise Pollution for Landfill Pollution, Frito Lay breaks sound barrier.

Remember when you were a kid and you used a clothespin to clip playing cards to your bike, so they’d make an unholy racket as you rode your Schwinn Continental?

John Rabe tells Idaho about the earthquake on brother James Rabe’s morning show.

My brother James is the morning jock at 99.9-The Buzz in Twin Falls, Idaho, and he called me up this morning to interview me about the 7.2 Guadalupe Victoria quake. If I sound sleepy, sue me.

New York Times misses mark on probable Vishniac photo fictions

I’d love to know what Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, and James Frey – not to mention late lamented and embattled photographers Robert Capa and Joe Rosenthal -- think about the New York Times’ kid-glove treatment of Roman Vishniac this weekend.

Rabe's Neighbor Oscar's Damned Green Thumb

You’ll remember a few weeks ago I blogged about my neighbor Oscar’s garden. Oscar is a skilled gardener who feeds his family with the food he raises in the vacant lot across from his house.

A “reggae cave” in Echo Park holds one of world’s biggest reggae collections

Jerry Sullivan sent me a heads up on a piece he’s running in his paper, The LA Garment and Citizen, about Roger Steffens and his love of reggae.

Collegiate Competition at Rose Bowl this weekend - with Rabe as MC

There's still space for you at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

“There’s Something About Larry” -- John Rabe interviews Larry Mantle for Airtalk’s 25 Birthday.

Larry Mantle is seemingly unflappable. I say “seemingly” because in our q+a last night at the Crawford Family Forum here at the Mohn Broadcast Center he admitted to feeling flappable on the inside when an earthquake rocked the studio a couple years ago.

Donnie Dungan, child star of “Son of Frankenstein” and “Bambi” … and a former drill instructor … coming to town next weekend.

The trail of an Off-Ramp segment is usually prosaic. Like this one: