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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It appears both sides are still talking in the dispute surrounding the lease for Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester.

This Wednesday, February 28, had been the deadline set by City Hall for the owners of the Rochester Rhinos to vacate that stadium. City officials had said the previous announcement by team owners David and Wendy Dworkin that they would not field a team for the upcoming season means that they have defaulted on their lease.

But on Monday a spokeswoman for City Hall released a statement which said:

School officials have their hands full with the current outbreak of the flu, but measures taken to prevent the spread of the illness appear to be working the Rochester City School District and suburban schools.

Coordinator for student health services at the RCSD, Erin Graupman, says the district continues to remind parents about the importance of getting their children vaccinated.              

United Way

It’s a big year for the United Way of Greater Rochester. The organization is being led by a new president and CEO, Jaime Saunders, and is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The United Way is also changing how it conducts its campaign, focusing on – what it calls – a year-round cycle of giving and service.

“Our launch is in January this year,” Saunders said. “Not in March, not in April, because we are now making a turning point for a year-round of service.”

Office of NY Gov. Cuomo

(WXXI News & AP) Communities in New York state are splitting $755 million in state economic development funding.

State officials announced the awards Wednesday at an event in Albany. The money will support hundreds of local economic development efforts, including job training, subsidies for expanding businesses and funding for community organizations.

This year's big winners include central New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Albany region, the mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island, which each received more than $80 million.

Spectrum News

Students at Rochester Prep didn't attend classes on Tuesday, but instead joined classmates and their parents to protest after chemical contamination has been found at their school.

The NYS DEC has told Monroe County that ground contamination near the school building, a former Bausch and Lomb facility, may have migrated across the street to a county leased building on St. Paul Street.

Karla Leng is a junior at Rochester Prep. She says they were protesting because the air at the school has high levels of Trichloroethylene (TCE) and the water is dirty.              


Congressional Democrats in New York are criticizing a federal budget approved by the House on Thursday that paves the way for a tax reform plan that could include the elimination of the state and local deduction, or SALT.

The House narrowly passed a $4 trillion budget that clears a key hurdle toward President Donald Trump's goal of cutting taxes.

The 216-212 vote allows Republicans to begin work on a $1.5 trillion tax cut and move it through Congress without fear of blocking tactics by Democrats.

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It was inauguration day on Thursday for the tenth president at Rochester Institute of Technology.

David Munson told the hundreds who gathered at the Gordon Field House and Activities Center that RIT needs to double down on making the campus a thriving ecosystem to stimulate creativity and innovation which is the translation of an idea into a product, service or process that has economic or social value.

"Every student can be involved in creating things that never before existed and then putting those concepts into motion in an effort to improve the world."

Officials in the Town of Irondequoit have extended a State of Emergency due to the high water levels on Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay.

Town Supervisor David Seeley will remain in effect for at least 30 more days.

It was first issued in May and then re-issued on June 10th.

The town will work with its neighbors in Penfield and Webster to determine when emergency speed limits are no longer warranted along the bay.


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that $4.75 million is being awarded to support the expansion of childhood anti-poverty initiatives that are part of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

The funding will support new summer learning programs, and child care and home visiting services for children and caregivers in Rochester neighborhoods targeted by the anti-poverty program.

That includes the EMMA (East Main, Mustard & Atlantic Avenue), Beechwood and Marketview Heights.

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At a time when opioid abuse is on the rise, officials say there's a growing need for forensic pathologists, or medical examiners.

Senator Charles Schumer was at the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday to announce his support for a fellowship program that will train University of Rochester doctoral residents to become medical examiners.

He says there are only 500 medical examiners in the country, and this is one way ]to address a nationwide shortage.