Where I live, you can never really depend on the weather. It's not unusual for it to be 75° and sunny one day, and then 50° and rainy the next. Because of this I can almost never be sure how I should dress each morning without first hearing the day's weather forecast. Since I usually get up too late to watch the weather on TV, I decided to buy myself a radio that I could use in the shower when I was getting ready each morning. After doing a littlebit of research online and reading some very positive reviews on the Sony ICF-S79V, I decided to order one for myself.
When it arrived, I unpacked it from the box and checked it out. The radio has a single, large speaker on the front of it, as well as a digital display that shows either the current time or radio station. The buttons for the power, tuning, preset memory, and the auto-off timer settings, are located on top of the radio, and the knob to control the volume can be found on the radio's right side. The Sony ICF-S79V requires 3 C-cell batteries which can be installed and removed on the back side, and it comes with a strap that you can use to hang the radio in your shower or any other location where you'd like to use it.
The single speaker sounds decent for a radio its size, and it can provide more than enough volume to overcome the noise in my shower. The digital display allows me to keep an eye on the time while I'm getting ready, and the overall design of the radio makes it splash proof, meaning that I don't have to worry if it gets a little bit wet,
Those features are nice, but the main thing that convinced me to purchase this specific radio over all others was the variety of different radio signals that it could receive. Along with the standard AM and FM stations, this radio is also capable of tuning into the local weather station, as well as the local VHF television stations (channels 2 through 13). This feature makes the radio not only useful during my morning preparations, but also very useful during emergency situations when the power in our house is off.
I've owned my radio for about seven years now, and during that time I've used it just about every single morning. It's been bumped, splashed, and dropped several times and still works perfectly. The only issue that I've noticed with mine is that the plastic covering for one of the buttons on the top of the radio has developed a small hole in it, but that hasn't affected its operation at all.
Overall, I am very pleased with this radio. It's served me very well for several years so far, and I have no reason to doubt that it will continue to do so in the forseeable future. It might be a little bit expensive for a shower radio, but in my opinion it's well worth it.