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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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.           

Seneca White Deer, Inc.

Under a new agreement reached between Seneca White Deer, Inc. (SWD), and Deer Haven Park, LLC, bus tours of  the world's largest white deer herd will be offered at the former Seneca Army Depot.

President of Seneca White Deer, Dennis Money, says weekend tours were offered in the past -- most recently in 2012 -- but a new licensing agreement will allow for bus tours year round.


The upcoming few days could end up with the  highest Memorial Day travel weekend in 12 years.

AAA predicts 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home between Thursday and Monday.

That's a million more than last year.

AAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Carey says part of the increase is due to moderate gasoline prices.

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The 2017 inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester were announced on Thursday.

The four that were chosen out of a field of a dozen finalists are: Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokemon Red and Green and Street Fighter II.

Museum officials say the four inductees span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms.  They say all four significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture and society in general.

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says she will be pushing for state and federal help to assist homeowners impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.

On Sunday, Dinolfo toured areas from Hamlin through Webster.

“The devastation is absolutely incredible, from businesses to homeowners, the flooding has done significant damage and this is a situation that is not just a one day event, but certainly will be a multi-day event and actually it will be a yearly event unless the situation is rectified.”

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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.

Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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.