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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Remmereit Contract Terminated Immediately

Jan 24, 2013

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

Governor Cuomo’s state budget has a strong emphasis on upstate, setting aside funding for a marketing campaign to promote the region’s produce, as well as initiatives to boost economic growth.

A coalition of upstate business and trade organizations has broadly welcomed many of the details in the budget proposal delivered on Tuesday as supportive of the region's economy.

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The newest inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame includes a toy over 700 years old and ones inspired by a movie from the 1970's. 

The 16-year old driver of a car that slammed into the back of a school bus, injuring himself and three others, is now facing charges.
Brighton police have charged John Zakhary with a host of offenses, including  reckless driving.
They also say he violated his junior driving license by having more than one passenger under the age of 21 in the car.
None of the students or the bus driver was hurt in the crash, but one of Zakhary's passengers remains hospitalized in the ICU at Strong.


Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul debates the issues with her Republican challenger Chris Collins in a televised event later tonight.

WNED-TV in Buffalo hosts the debate, and you can hear it live on AM-1370 at 7 p.m., or watch it at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD.

The newly drawn 27th district covers suburban and rural areas in between Rochester and Buffalo. Hochul won in a special election held last year.

Former Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard resigned Thursday after 17 months at the helm of Chicago Public Schools.
The move comes just three weeks after the end of the city's first teachers strike in a quarter century.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a news conference for this morning to introduce Brizard's replacement.
Brizard headed Rochester schools for three years, taking the Chicago job in 2011.


The trend in consumer sentiment changed in the last quarter, with sharp gains in September following two down months in July and August.
According to Siena Research Institute Director Dr. Douglas Lonnstrom, who compiles the data, consumer confidence in Rochester and other regions in the state is also up significantly compared to this time one year ago.
In Rochester, it's up 17 percent, and that points to the likelihood of an improved holiday shopping season, according to Lonnstrom.

Local food pantries are experiencing a shortage of supplies and increased demand at the same time -- several weeks before the busy holiday season.
Janet Reynolds is client services coordinator at the Pittsford Food Cupboard.
She says the number of clients has grown about 35 percent, and they're serving around 300 families a month right now, a number they usually don't see until around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Reynolds says the poor economy is to blame, and demand will only pick up during the upcoming holiday season.

Eastman Kodak says it needs more time to reorganize, and is cutting more jobs.
The company says it plans to submit a motion in Bankruptcy Court today highlighting its restructuring accomplishments so far, and will ask the court to extend until February 28th, 2013 its exclusive right to file a plan of reorganization.
Kodak says the extension will help the company successfully emerge from bankruptcy in the first half of next year.
A hearing to consider that motion and other matters is scheduled for October 17th.

A local school is doing its part to help reduce the number of water bottles that end up in landfills each year -- a number estimated in the billions.
Rochester Institute of Technology has a new policy which prohibits departments and campus groups from using university funds to buy bottled water.
Enid Cardinal, Senior Sustainability Advisor for RIT, says the school views ending the sale of bottled water on campus as both a fiscal and environmental responsibility.