|City of license||Eugene, Oregon|
|Broadcast area||Eugene–Springfield, Oregon|
|Slogan||"Oregon's Quality Rock"|
|Frequency||96.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||96.5 K243BG (Corvallis)
96.7 K244DL (Cottage Grove)
99.3 K257EB (Riddle)
102.1 K271BL (Roseburg)
|First air date||1969|
|ERP||100,000 watts (horiz)
43,000 watts (vert)
|Transmitter coordinates||Coordinates: |
|Callsign meaning||George ZELlner, station founder|
|Sister stations||KUJZ, KNRQ, KEHK, KUGN, KSCR|
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KZEL-FM programming is also carried on a series of broadcast translator stations to extend or improve the coverage area of the station.
|City of license||ERP
|K244DL||96.7||Cottage Grove, Oregon||250||D||FCC|
KZEL-FM was founded and funded in 1967 by Eugene lumberman George "Tirebiter" Zellner. When he purchased the station, its call letters were KWFS. Zellner changed the call letters to KZEL and sold the station to Jay and Barbara West in 1971.
The Wests led KZEL for most of the 1970s as a free-format station. Its studios were located in Glenwood, near Springfield. Disc jockeys included John Napier, Gary "The Wasted Potato" Palmatier, Stan "Harry 'Til 6" Garrett, Michael Waggoner, Sleepy John (Cuthbertson), JET, Tom Krumm, Chris Kovarik, Magic Mike, and Peyton Mays. Additionally, KZEL carried "Daybreak" in the morning and "News & Information" in the afternoon. News anchors included Melinda Coates, Rosemary Reed, Cal Turlock (real name Phillip Johnson) and Bryce Zabel.
KZEL-FM belongs to Cumulus Media, a nationwide owner of radio stations. In 2006, the program director, Mark Raney, locked himself in the station's control room for 10 days to protest the management's decision to abandon KZEL's classic rock format and replace it with country music. Raney, with support from his listeners, persuaded the station's management to retain the rock format.
KZEL-FM has been slowly evolving from a classic rock format into an adult album alternative music format, adding music like Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jack Johnson to the playlist. Weekday personalities on the station include Raney and John Frederick in the morning, Emma at mid-day, and C.Y.D. in the afternoon.
- "Radio locator: Eugene, Oregon". Theodric Technologies LLC. 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
- Nelson, Bob (June 2, 2009). "Call Letter Origins" 238. The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- The Register Guard, January 21, 1967
- The Register Guard, March 12, 1971
- The Register Guard, March 30, 2006
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KZEL
- Radio-Locator information on KZEL
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KZEL
- FCC application