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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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.

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.