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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City School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has filed a notice of claim to begin a lawsuit against the board of education, claiming the city school board is usurping some of his authority.           

The notice of claim comes after the board passed resolutions Tuesday night that would restrict the ability of  the superintendent to offer contracts to members of the Superintendent’s Employment Group, his executive cabinet.

Ten of 24 Rochester-area Radio Shack stores are part of that company's first round of closings, after it filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday.

WXXI reviewed a newly posted "potential store closing list" of 1784 Radio Shack locations.

Four stores from Rochester are on the list, including The Mall at Greece Ridge Center, Marketplace Mall, Chili Paul Plaza and on Howard Road in Gates.

New Proof Of Rochester Poverty

Jan 8, 2015

New Census data from the past five years provides more proof of Rochester's extreme poverty. And it suggests why many who live in our area don't realize how bad it is.

"People who are poor, the conditions of poverty are not being witnessed by and experienced by people throughout the community. It's only in a relatively small area," said Ed Doherty, who analyzed the data for the Rochester Area Community Foundation and ACT Rochester.

A first-of-its kind primary healthcare center for refugees in Rochester has officially dedicated

Director of Community Medicine for Rochester Regional Health System, Jim Sutton, says since 2008, Rochester Regional has been the primary care home for newly arriving refugees.           

“What we found over time is that the newest of the new refugees really need some highly specialized care and some culturally appropriate care and that’s what led to the concept of having a dedicated center”

TWC News

The chair of emergency medicine at Strong says he's more concerned about flu and other diseases than he is about Ebola.

Dr. Michael Kamali says there are other health concerns far more pressing than the virus, which now has been confirmed in New York City. Officials at Strong aren't doing anything different, now that a case of Ebola has been confirmed in New York City.

Senator Charles Schumer says he wants to give businesses an incentive to bring jobs here, rather than send them overseas.

Schumer says current U.S.  tax policy makes it easier to ship jobs to other countries than it does to bring them back to the United States.

He says the Bring Jobs Home Act would reverse that. The senator says the bill offers companies a tax deduction when they move jobs back to the U.S.

He says they'll also qualify for a 20 percent tax credit they could use for costs associated with moving a production line, trade or business.

It promises to be a busy travel weekend -- with volumes expected to reach a post-recession high.

The AAA  predicts 36.1-million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year.

Spokesperson Diana Dibble says most will go by car, and the national average for a gallon of gas is about the same as a year ago. But it is higher in Rochester and western New York.           

American Lung Association

Nearly nine million New Yorkers live in counties with failing air quality.  That includes Monroe and other counties with worsening ozone levels.

The American Lung Association has released its State of the Air 2014, and it shows most counties maintained year-round levels of particle pollution, or soot, compared to a year ago.

Michael Seilback is Vice president, Public Policy and Communications, American Lung Association of the Northeast. He sees air quality in New York counties deteriorating.

A Local Fallen Soldier Posthumously Promoted

May 2, 2013

Senator Chuck Schumer stopped in Rochester Thursday to help honor a local soldier who died in combat. Theodore Glende was killed in Afghanistan last July while helping wounded soldiers during combat. Schumer says he worked with the Department of Defense to have Glende posthumously promote from Private First Class to Specialist.

Remmereit Contract Terminated Immediately

Jan 24, 2013

Arild Remmereit is out as Music Director for the Rochester Philarmonic Orchestra.