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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Law enforcement officials are announcing a drunk driving crackdown for Super Bowl Sunday.

New York State Police Troop T, which patrols the thruway exclusively, will maximize DWI enforcement between Friday, February 3rd and Monday, February 6th.

State Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison says Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days to be on the road because many impaired people attempt to drive home after the party.

He says have a designated driver in your starting line-up.

Budget hearings in Albany included a discussion of high speed rail funding in western New York.

Officials from the State Department of Transportation were the last to testify last week.

Local State Assemblyman David Gantt, Chair of the Assembly's Transportation Committee, questioned DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald about the progress of high speed rail in upstate New York.

The City School Board has approved a new policy which enables school officials to distribute condoms to students.

By a 4 to 3 vote, the board passed a policy first recommended about a year ago by health officials, citing the rise in teen pregnancies and STD's among teenagers.

The policy is already being condemned by a coalition of groups, led by Rochester Parents United.

They say it sends the wrong message to teens to distribute condoms, which are designed for the sole purpose of sexual activity.

EKRA, an association of Kodak retirees, announced Thursday that it will take steps to protect the interests of Kodak retirees in bankruptcy proceedings.

EKRA President Bob Volpe spoke with WXXI's Alex Crichton on WXXI-AM 1370 Thursday morning. Click on the audio player above to listen tot he interview.

“While we are saddened by the Kodak bankruptcy filing, we will now execute the plans that we have already prepared in anticipation of bankruptcy to fight for retirees' pensions and benefits,” said Bob Volpe, President of EKRA.

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tradition continues at Garth Fagan Dance.

The company hosts the annual day of dancing at celebration at Garth Fagan Dance on Chestnut Street. Classes run throughout the day for age groups ranging from 5 to 7 to those over 30. There's more at garthfagandance.org.

A community-wide interfaith worship service will be held today at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The Reverend Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, new president of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, will lead the service which starts at 9 this morning.

Two new surveys indicate things may be looking up in the Rochester region.

Siena Research Institute lists the Rochester metro as leading the pack when it comes to overall, current and future confidence in their latest quarterly survey.

And a new Rochester Business Alliance survey indicates 30% of respondents feel business conditions in Rochester are "good or very good," up from 24% in November, and up from a low of only 7% in May of 2009.

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.