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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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Rochester Mayor Tom Richards says he is optimistic after attending Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address.

He says he believes the Governor and the legislature are hoping to maintain the momentum of the accomplishments of 2011.

Click on the audio player above to hear Alex Crichton’s interview with Richards from Thursday’s Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370.

Richards also addressed reports of a potential bankruptcy filing by Eastman Kodak. He says changes at Kodak are inevitable and the city of Rochester will just have to deal with any problems that may cause.

MSG sports channels are still missing from Time Warner Cable in Rochester and across New York State, and both MSG and the cable company say no more contract talks are planned. 

The dispute knocked MSG and MSG+ off of Time Warner on Sunday. The Buffalo Sabres are carried on Time Warner on those channels, but fans who subscribe to Time Warner won't be able watch their team on television, starting with Tuesday night's game against Edmonton.

2011 was a good year for small business owners in New York, but they still face many obstacles in the new year. That's from Mike Durant, the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, or NFIB.

Durant says enacting a property tax was a key development in Albany in 2011, but going forward, the cap must be combined with mandate relief.

The local library probably isn’t the first place you think of to find professional hockey players and some very young hockey fans.

But in his Good News Series report, WXXI's Alex Crichton checks out the unusual combination.

A local organization that provides a home for displaced women and families has received a national award.

Sojourner House at Pathstone has received a $10,000 award through the Walmart Foundation's "12 Days of Giving" campaign.

Kathryn Bryan is Executive Director at Sojourner. She says they received the award for being one of 12 non-profits nationwide that are "doing it all" to support those in need.

Bryan says the award will go toward services they provide in the community, and it comes at a time when Sojourner House faces significant funding cuts from the state.

Several Rochester area post offices will be open Sunday for business.

The Greece, Irondequoit, Westgate and Rochester Main Office on Jefferson Road will all be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday to handle holiday mailings. Next Monday and Tuesday are expected to be the heaviest mailing days of year. And the Postal Service is expected to handle 16.5-billion (b) pieces of mail during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Retail Council of New York State reports the holiday shopping momentum which started on the Black Friday weekend is continuing.

Spokesperson Rebecca Flach says this is good news as merchants remain upbeat at the halfway point of the holiday shopping season. She says some member retailers did report decreased foot traffic, but after crunching the numbers, results were still favorable compared to 2010 results. 78 percent of merchants surveyed reported sales were better or the same as last year.

Plans to fill in parts of Rochester’s Inner Loop in have been dealt a blow. The city's application for $15 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery funds, or TIGER grant funds, was denied. That grant was necessary for the project to move forward.

Eric Frisch, transportation specialist with the city's engineering bureau, says they haven't had a formal debriefing, but initial indications are the plan to fill in the Inner Loop between Monroe and East Avenues didn't get TIGER grant funding because it was not ready for construction in 2012. 

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28 Occupy Rochester protesters return to court Wednesday to face charges they violated a night time curfew at Washington Square park.

The protesters were arrested before reaching an agreement with Rochester Mayor Tom Richards allowing them to camp in the park overnight.

WXXI's Alex Crichton spoke with protester Brian Lenzo during Wednesday's Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370. Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

UPDATE: The judge reserved decision in the case setting the next court date for January 12.

A local advocacy group for young people is applauding some aspects of the proposed Monroe County Budget, but is also very concerned about some possible cuts.

Dr. Jeff Kaczorowski is Executive Director for the Children's Agenda. His group has released a review of the nearly 1-billion dollar plan, and he says they've found that funding is steady for some critical programs, but others, like programs for runaway and homeless youth, face cuts in state assistance.

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