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Alex Crichton

All Things Considered Host

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4:00 p.m. each weekday.

He was born in Rochester, but “raised” in several other spots as part of an Army family.  Those locations included Ft. Rucker, AL, Ft. Sam Houston, TX and Ft. Sill, OK.  Alex returned to Rochester in 1969 and has been here ever since.

After graduating from Ashland College (now University) in 1981, Alex landed his first radio job at WGMC in Greece.   He also worked at WRTK Talk Radio (1370 on the AM dial, coincidentally) stayed on when the format was changed to country, and even worked a couple of weeks as a full-time country disc jockey.  Alex also worked at WBBF when it had a talk lineup as Toby Gold’s engineer for his show, for those who remember.  Also during this same time period, Alex was the regular fill-in for a service called Rochester Radio Sports.

In 1984 Alex joined WXXI, going on the air with a news/jazz/public affairs format.  Here at WXXI he has done sports, produced news and music programs, hosted a daily then a weekly jazz show, produced live remotes, worked on TV auctions, done interviews with all sorts of people from musicians to politicians, engineered talk shows, started doing newscasts for All Things Considered in the mid-90s, then moved to Morning Edition in 1997.  

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The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rochester is scheduled to step off in the city Saturday afternoon.

That's despite frigid temperatures and tens of thousands of people without power after this week's wind storm.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said Friday that the county will not be participating in the St Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

She says county resources are 100% dedicated to the primary mission of storm response.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Rochester at the airport on Friday, talking about state efforts to aid the region with the damage and power outages from the recent windstorm.

At that news conference, Pres. & CEO of RG&E Mark Lynch announced more specifics about the restoration efforts, saying that most of their customers in Monroe County should get their power restored by late Sunday.

The annual campaign to end the R Word in Rochester is underway.

"The R word, retarded, is an ugly and demeaning word, and has no place at City Hall or elsewhere for that matter," said Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, shortly before reading a proclamation that Wednesday, March 1st is the day to spread the word to end the word in the city of Rochester.

"It not only hurts those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it hurts families and friends, as well," she said.

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Rochester City Council President Loretta Scott says the shooting this past Wednesday on Genesee Street is very disturbing, but says incdents like that are not a reflection on that entire southwest Rochester neighborhood.

Four people were injured in an apparent drive-by shooting not far from the site of the deadly shootings two years ago in front of the Boys and Girls Club.

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Rachel Barnhart made it official on Monday…she's running for Mayor of Rochester.

The former TV reporter and anchor ran unsuccessfully in a Democratic Primary or an Assembly seat last fall, but is now outlining what she calls a "bold new vision" for Rochester in her mayoral campaign.

The City of Rochester is offering a helping hand to the Town of Irondequoit, which lost several snow plows when fire broke out Christmas Eve at the town's Department of Public Works building.

City Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Norman Jones says Rochester is offering the use of four vehicles if the town needs it, and the use of the city's Mount Read Blvd. Operations Center.

"We've provided them with two mechanic's bays with lifts so they can do their actual work indoors in an environment that's built for mechanics to repair equipment."

 

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman killed Tuesday in a motor vehicle accident on Route 63 in Geneseo.

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Charter Communications is bringing over 220 new jobs to Henrietta, and retaining 500 more, as the company expands local operations and continues the process of rebranding itself as Spectrum, after acquiring Time Warner Cable.

Greg McMichael, Senior Vice President of Customer Care, made the announcement Tuesday at Charter's facility on Town Centre Drive.              

The man picked by Republican Party chairmen in three counties to replace the late Bill Nojay has won the race for the 133rd State Assembly seat.

Joe Errigo defeated Democratic challenger Barbara Baer, 52 percent to 39 percent, to return to the Assembly.

Errigo was picked by GOP chairs in Monroe, Livingston and Steuben counties to be on the ballot, after the incumbent Nojay died by suicide in September.

Despite that, Nojay won the primary over challenger Rick Milne.

New York Power Authority

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and representatives of the New York Power Authority were at City Hall Friday  to announce details of Governor Cuomo's $5 million dollar clean energy and energy efficiency competition.

It's the newest phase in the Five Cities Energy Plans Initiative.

President and CEO of the New York Power Authority, Gil Quiniones, touted Rochester's city-wide LED lighting program, replacing conventional lights with LED tubes which last longer and save energy.

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