Regarding my enthusiasm for the future release of the Sangean WR-15 as a bedside radio, Gary writes:
I don't like using analog radios for bedside use, for a couple of reasons:
1) Lack of presets. I like being able to easily change among several stations. Radios with dedicated presets are the best for this, and one can learn to operate them without even seeing the radio. Among currently-available radios, the Sangean WR-2, PR-D5, PR-D15, PR-D7 and the C. Crane CCRadio-2E come to mind as having this feature. My bedside radio is a Sony ICF-2010 from around 1986. I think it has 32 dedicated preset buttons.
2) Frequency drift. All of my analog radios exhibit drift that increases with time and the amount of temperature change. Use for eight hours overnight in a room where the temperature is probably dropping is a good test of frequency drift. My GE Superadio (original version), GE Superadio 3, CCRadio-EP and Tecsun R-308 all exhibit noticeable drift.
So I'll stick with a digital radio with dedicated presets as my bedside radio. If you only listen to one station all the time and you can find an analog radio with no drift, then a digital radio with dedicated presets might not be needed.