I don't work for universal radio.
Our vicinity has many appalachian weathered mountains, hills, and ridges. Big and small, fractal-style. Which causes many dead reception zones and radio reflections/phase cancellations.
To make things worse, our favorite stations are only a few thousand watts, hardly able to defend themselves against multiple 100,000 watt flame-thrower stations splattering out 100 percent modulated top 40 rock, country, and rap from mountain-top antennas.
It is a tough environment and most inexpensive receivers just are not up to the job. Over the years we've had several $50+ radios or clock-radios where each flame-thrower obnoxious pop station comes in clear from multiple places on the dial, but our favorite stations are not even on the dial. Even worse in rainy weather. Modern electronics is great, but the PLL front ends on most modern consumer sets just do not seem very selective.
Got wife a Sangean PR-D5 and it works just perfect. Pulls in the low-power stations and rejects the obnoxious flame throwers. The tone is very good for such a small set. It is non-techie easy for the wife to operate. Has tuning presets. Runs a long time on C cells and comes with a wall-wart for normal location on her reading table. Has an aux input for her little MP3 player I loaded all her classical CD's on.
Wife was so happy with it, got her another one for work. She works in a brick and steel building that for most generic radios might as well be a big Faraday cage. The Sangean picks up her favorite low-power stations just great at her work.
She ended up donating one to her Mom, who lives on a rural plateau in middle TN. Her mom couldn't adequately receive the favorite stations up there, but the Sangean solved the problem. So I'm ordering a third tonight, to replace the one wife gave to her Mom.
Ain't saying its incredible or anything, but its pretty dern good compared to most small tabletop radios.