It's time for me to shop for a new clock radio. I'm an insomniac so I spend an awful amount of time lying in bed listening to my radio as I wait (and wait, and wait!!!) to fall asleep. I prefer to listen to talk radio rather than music so most radios that I would be interested in would need good AM features rather than FM features. I'm having a difficult time finding information on a good solid clock radio. I think I may have finally fuddy-duddied myself into irrelevance.
Whenever I buy any product I try to find the best that I can reasonably afford, maintain it well and then keep the product for a very long time. My two most recent clock radios both had some very nice points and also some real weak points. Both have been retired while still in very nice working order, just not good enough anymore. About 30 years ago I bought a Proton 320 and was certain that I had bought the best radio for my purposes. To this day it is a good solid radio and still gets played everyday. It was eventually replaced as my bedside radio because the incredibly tiny lightbulb that lights the dial would have to be replaced every few months and the last time I replaced the bulb I screwed up something that made the dial permanently dark. That radio is now in the bathroom where a darkened dial isn't a problem.
Probably about 15 years ago I bought my current CCRadio. Although a strong and consistent performer it has never been a real favorite of mine. It includes AM, FM, Weather and TV bands. It is supposed to be designed specifically for the kind of listening that I do and seems to perform at least a little better than most other radios. It draws in a lot of the weaker stations but I suspect there must be something better available by now. My biggest pet peeve with this radio is that it is poorly laid out and more difficult to operate than I prefer a bedside clock radio to be. I prefer a radio that is simple enough to operate that I don't have to refer to the owners manual just to reset the alarm! Although I rarely ever listened to the TV Band now that it is extinct I think the time is right to retire this radio.
Here are my priorities:
Strong, clear AM band. Any other bands will be okay as long as they don't clutter
At least one alarm, two is better
Must not be overly complicated to use
May be analog or digital
Should have a battery backup at least for the alarm
Does anybody have a strong yet simple clock radio that can really pull in the stations? How about suggestions on an antenna that won't interfere with airliners flying overhead? I won't start squacking 'til the price goes over $200.