NEWPORT — Long-time local broadcaster Cheryl Harle passed away on Sept. 1 in Newport after a battle with cancer. She was 75.
Harle was the owner of two radio stations based in Newport — KCUP at 1230 AM and KPPT at 100.7 FM. The FM station became known as Boss FM, and Harle proudly accepted the title of “The Boss of the Boss.”
Harle was born in Southern California on April 6, 1944. She moved to McMinnville in the late 1950s and graduated from McMinnville High School. She married Jim McAnally and settled in Pendleton, having three boys, Greg, Paul and Andy.
A strong and independent woman, Harle worked as a nurse and later at a medical office in Pendleton. She later made a career change and became the sales manager at KTIX radio station in Pendleton. In the following years, she was remarried to Andy Harle, and together they purchased and operated a number of stations in Pendleton and Newport. After Andy died in 2003, she continued operating the two stations in Newport.
Harle put her heart and soul into radio and understood the importance of community involvement. She enjoyed conducting on-air interviews and had a real knack for asking just the right question. She said using her AM and FM stations to promote issues close to her heart was the one of the great gifts of the radio business.
“I never had any training,” said Harle in a 2014 interview with the News-Times about her radio personality. “My voice is all natural. My dream was to have been the next Barbara Walters, but I never made it to New York or L.A.” She added, “I love this business. Not a single day goes by in my whole life that I don’t come to work every single day, absolutely loving the broadcast business. It’s too late to be Barbara Walters, but I’m just grateful for this life.”
A private celebration of life will be held for Harle at a later date. Online condolences can be left at www.macyandson.com.