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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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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.

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula and his wife Kim are donating $12 million to her western New York alma mater for a new multi-sport complex to be built on campus.

Officials at Houghton College in rural Allegany County announced Thursday that the couple has pledged to donate that amount, which will be the second largest in the school's 128-year history.

Kim Pegula is a 1991 graduate of Houghton and her father teaches at the four-year college, located 55 miles southwest of Rochester.

Terry Pegula, a Pennsylvania billionaire, bought the Sabres and Amerks in February.

Political newcomer Brianne Murphy plans to force a Democratic primary against former Congressman Dan Maffei in New York’s 25th Congressional District. The winner would face Republican Ann Marie Buerkle in the general election in November.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly accident involving a car and a golf cart.

Authorities say a passenger in the golf cart, 18 year old Zachary Rusin of Holley was ejected and later died at the hospital.

Deputies say 18 year old Cortney Greene of Byron was driving an unlighted golf cart on Route 237 when a car struck the cart from behind. Greene survived the crash and was in stable condition in the hospital. The driver of the car was not hurt.

Police say alcohol is considered a factor, and charges are pending against Greene.

A local center which conducts clinical trials on new medications is conducting a study of the vaccine Gardasil, given in combination with a new meningitis vaccine.

Michael Brennan is a nurse practitioner and clinical investigator at Rochester Clinical Research. He says they'll be conducting the study on 50 young people over the next year.

The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices just recently recommended the Gardasil shot for young men between the age of 11 and 21.

A Honeoye Falls teenager is charged in connection with a fatal crash in Mendon early Wednesday morning.

The city of Rochester is adding two more red-light cameras to its arsenal. They'll go live Wednesday at the intersections of Ridge Road and Ridgeway Avenue, and Lake Avenue at Ridge Road.

The city now has cameras at 20 intersections. Registered owners of vehicles that run red lights are sent a ticket in the mail. They can either appeal the summons, or pay a $50 fine.

The city plans to eventually have cameras at 50 intersections in Rochester.

The Rochester City School Board  has voted in favor of shutting down City School 6 at the end of the school year. The vote came despite protests at Monday's board meeting. Current School 6 students will be assigned to other schools next year.

The board voted down a similar proposal last year that would've closed School 6 and used it as swing space.School 6 will now be used to house students for a year while other schools are renovated during the district's modernization project. 

Courtesy: RPD

Rochester police are searching for a homeless man they say killed another man and injured two women in separate attacks.

The decision to drop the vision testing requirement for driver license renewals in New York State has been reversed.

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