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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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Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

Rochester’s bus company has passed a resolution to help the City School District with its ongoing bus driver shortage. 

But the four-month plan will have an impact to RTS and its customers.

CEO Bill Carpenter told the RGRTA Board on Tuesday that they have a plan that will allow current customers to continue to have service, and serve an additional 3,500 city school students.

But one of the trademarks of the Reimagine RTS redesign, its 15-minute service, will be changed to 30- minute service on several routes

The shortage of school bus drivers is a nationwide problem, but it’s having a particularly acute impact on the beginning of school in the Rochester City School District.

That’s a point that Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small made during an emergency school board meeting on Friday, as she suggested a plan that would have students in grades 9 – 12 start out the school year with a virtual model.

What a difference a year makes.

Monroe County officials said on Thursday that last year at this time, there were 29 new cases of COVID-19 in the county.

As of Thursday, there were 197 new cases, as the delta variant continues to spread.

County Executive Adam Bello and Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza, along with officials from UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health, provided an update on the pandemic at a virtual news conference on Thursday.

Six local United Way organizations are merging into one agency to serve Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Wayne and Wyoming Counties. Officials in the non-profit sector are calling it a momentous occasion. 

Jaime Saunders, who currently leads the Rochester-based United Way, will be the head of the new organization called the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes.

AAA.com

Holiday travel is expected to rebound - big time - over the  July 4 holiday weekend. That's according to Elizabeth Carey, of the AAA of Western and Central New York who said the auto club is projecting that travel will be up by 40% compared to a year ago.

``AAA expects 47.7 million people to travel for the Independence Day holiday weekend. So travel volume is expected to fully recover, just about to those pre-pandemic levels, Carey said."

And that likely means dealing with traffic jams in some of the typically busy cities and highways.

Spectrum News

Hundreds of people were on hand Friday morning  for the ribbon cutting marking the reopening of the State Route 250 lift bridge over the Erie Canal in the Village of Fairport.

The $9 million project was delayed due to supply chain and fabrication issues, but on Friday, nearly two years later, the bridge reopened to traffic.

Village of Fairport Mayor Julie Domaratz said the bridge and the historic Erie Canal are considered by many to be the heart of the village.

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Officials say it was a procedural error during an emergency training maneuver that brought down a New York National Guard helicopter in Mendon last January, killing the three soldiers aboard.

Colonel Richard Goldenberg, Public Affairs Officer for the Guard held a media briefing on Thursday.

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Garth Fagan Dance is marking its 50th year in 2020, but the pandemic put the brakes on any big public celebrations earlier this year.

But Friday, a banner was unveiled that is hung on the west wall of the Miller Center building of the Eastman School of Music at the Gibbs Street campus. Garth Fagan joined city officials for the unveiling.

Fagan, 81, credits Mayor Lovely Warren and general manager of Rochester Community TV, Carvin Eison, for bringing this project to fruition. He said that it marks a half-century of uplifting and positive work.

Police say they’ve made an arrest in connection with the death of an Irondequoit woman.

The human remains recovered this week from Durand Lake were those of Lisa Shuler, 37, whose dismembered body was found at her Culver Road home on May 25.

On Thursday, Irondequoit Police Chief Alan Laird said that a person of interest in the case, Seth Larson, 40, has been located in West Virginia. Larson was Shuler's boyfriend and lived at the Culver Road home with her.      

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Virtual groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday for Villa of Hope as the non-profit builds, what it described, as the first-ever detox and outpatient center in Monroe County.

The organization says in 2017, 1,700 people had to travel out of Monroe County for treatment because of a lack of available beds.

Chief Medical Officer Kim Sadwick said that Villa of Hope will be able to offer so much more to meet the needs of the community with the new facility to be built in the town of Greece.

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