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

Expo Line opens, and former Mayor Villaraigosa could be saying, 'I told you so'

Antonio Villaraigosa pushed the Expo Line when few thought it could be a reality.

'Your Song Changed My Life': NPR's Bob Boilen's stories of musicians' inspirations

The host of NPR's "All Songs Considered" asked 35 musicians what song changed their life; Smokey Robinson, Yusuf Islam and Carrie Brownstein's answers will surprise you.

NBC4 investigation questions popular summer camp's contamination study

AJU says a new study proves Camp Alonim is safe; experts disagree, and question the environmental testing company AJU hired to do the new test.

Collect coyote poop for the glory of science

To understand how urban coyotes survive, the National Park Service needs you — to collect and analyze coyote poop. 'Nuff said. We're on it.

Laurel and Hardy never looked so good

As the American Cinematheque reels out three days of Laurel and Hardy films, improv comedian Mike McShane helps us understand their lasting appeal as "existential candy."

Two big fraud cases roil LA's art scene

John Rabe talks with Jori Finkel about Doug Chrismas losing control of Ace Gallery and Perry Rubenstein's arrest on embezzlement charges.

First Look: The view from downtown's new Wilshire Grand

Come to the top of what will soon be the West's reigning skyscraper with KPCC's John Rabe and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Highland Park Bowl restored to its 1927 splendor

The Highland Park Bowl, which opened in 1927 and was for years known as Mr. T's Bowl, is back to its original state — with modern touches and cocktails.

From old school Spanx to Hawaiian shirts, 300 years of men's fashion

LACMA has finally assembled the men's response to the acclaimed survey of women's fashion that helped open the Resnick Pavilion a few years ago.

Another piece of the Shuttle Endeavour is floating to LA

The space shuttle orbiter Endeavour came to Los Angeles in 2012. Soon, it'll be joined by a huge external fuel tank.

Guitar God Albert Lee headlines Malibu Guitar Fest

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Albert Lee talks with Bruce Forman, host of the podcast GuitarWank, about flatpicking, skiffle, and Jimi Hendrix.

6 scenes from a laid-back Dodgers home opener

The taste of a Dodger Dog, fans in the nosebleeds, the Dodgers on TV, singing the National Anthem, and a little Dodger Dixieland.

Vin Scully Avenue is now an official street

Dodger Stadium used to be at 1000 Elysian Park Ave. Now it's 1000 Vin Scully Ave. in honor of the legendary announcer, who came with the team to Los Angeles.

Israel, Ellis show at Gagosian 'cynical, lazy,' critic says

"I wish Bret Easton Ellis had just done this as a stand-up comedy act. The one-liners might have worked; maybe they're rejects from Saturday Night Live's series The Californians. The whole thing just reeks of laziness and cliche."

WonderCon, Comic-Con's 'little brother,' comes to LA for the first time

Mike Roe gives us the "Roedown" on all you need to know about WonderCon, March 25-27 — and how some think it's an audition for L.A. to woo San Diego Comic-Con.