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, Soupy Sales

My dad, Bill Rabe, knew Soupy Sales, who died Thursday, from their days in Detroit together. I was too young to remember much of him on TV, so my strongest memory is from a family trip to New York.

Did ZZ Top Give Cheap Sunglasses to Macedonian Prime Minister?

Our friend Bob Merlis just sent an e-mail with an irresistible subject line.

Real E-mails From Pledge Central

The Fall Member Drive is almost over. Have we heard from you yet?

KCSN Cuts Classical Music Announcing Staff

KCSN eliminated its classical music announcing staff at the end of last month -- in the words of one blogger, going “JACK-FM for the post-geriatric set” -- and pretty much, nobody in the media’s noticed.

Blame paper as well as GOP officials for Jewish stereotype op-ed

Sunday in the Orangeburg, S.C., Times and Democrat newspaper, two local Republican Party officials wrote an op-ed in which they said, “There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves.

Bass Motives? Jazz bass player practices in PCC parking lot.

Chris Rolontz was studying Anthropology (that’s a jazz joke) Monday afternoon when John Rabe, on his way to the studio to raise money during the Fall Fund Drive, ran into him. Not literally.

Rabe interviews R.H. Greene, author of "Incarnadine," new Dracula memoir. Full audio posted.

I’ve just posted a long interview with R.H. Greene, who has just written a wonderful, engrossing memoir of an easily villainized literary figure. It’s “Incarnadine: the True Memoirs of Count Dracula,” and I couldn’t put it down.

New Movie From Off-Ramp's John Rabe

"Reach a certain moment in your life and you discover that your days are spent as much with the dead as ... with the living." -- Paul Auster

Old Myth and Cliches Live On In LA Weekly Story on Escalante Killing

(Check out John's weekly show Off-Ramp!)

Do Not Read This If You Hate Big Scary Hairy Spiders

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Perspective on Southern California Rainstorm

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Mudslides and Rain in Frank Stoltze's Forecast

Light, steady rain might be okay, but if it really comes down ...

Mt Washington 710 Tunnel For Real?

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Hide the cognac and put your daughters in the cellar! Napoléon is coming!

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Luis Van Rooten (1906-1973)

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