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Tsunami show shakes up listeners

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

Station owner Cheryl Harle uses her Friday morning radio show as a way to support causes close to her heart and to “give back to the community.” (Photo by Rick Beasley)

NEWPORT — The Friday morning radio waves emanating from an antennae high atop Cape Foulweather could be the difference between life and death for thousands of listeners when a tsunami strikes.

“It’s not if, but when,” asserted Cheryl Harle, a veteran Newport broadcaster whose 8 a.m. disaster show on KCUP-AM radio has become bonafide hit. “The Cascadia Subduction Fault is 70 miles west of Newport, and it has not erupted for more than 300 years. When it does, it will literally take the central coast apart from Oregon.”

The prosaic name of the show, “Emergency Preparedness, a Classroom Radio Program,” belies a fascinating mix of disaster, drama and gallows humor brought to the airwaves by local experts. The roundtable tips offered by emergency planners, police officers, fire chiefs and survival authorities range from the best places to ride out an earthquake to top firearms for the post-Armageddon lifestyle.

For the complete article see the 06-04-2014 issue.

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