During our extended power outage, having transistor radios were a way to find out what was going on in the Bay Area and with the fires up North. We were also able to distract ourselves with NPR programming and music stations. If your power is out for more than a few hours, you start feeling that you do not have a television or limited use of your devices. I cannot tell you how much just listening to a classical station calmed me.
What we learned is that you should just go ahead and put batteries in those transistor radios even though they may have solar or cranks. You can depend on solar and cranks if you run out of battery power, or you have a small radio like this one.
You should have more than one radio. So you all can go off and listen to what you want in another room, You should have backup batteries.
My husband liked our other crank radio, but since it was bigger it needs batteries.