Teen reaches out to world via airwaves (Colorado)

Anna Veal likes talking to individuals around the world. But rather than using social media or a cell phone to do so, she uses a radio.

“It’s learning about different cultures,” the 16-year-old said. “It’s not just having a conversation over the radio, it’s having an experience.”

Tuning in over her handheld radio, Veal has talked to a man in Germany about the weather and music. She’s talked to a girl in Russia about what school is like in the foreign country.

In the digital age, using a radio to communicate may seem old-fashioned.

But for Anna, it is a passion and hobby that has earned her many recognitions, including, most recently, a Radio Club of America Young Achievers Award. The award is presented to students in high school or younger who have demonstrated excellence and creativity in wireless communications, a media release says.

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Updated: 2017-04-01 — 6:42 PM