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City West Linn, Oregon
Broadcast area Portland, Oregon
Branding 96.3 KWLZ
Slogan Rock and Roll's Greatest Hits
Frequency 96.3 MHz
First air date January 18, 1986 (as KWSI at 96.5)
September 18, 2015 (at 96.3)
Format Classic Hits
ERP 1,350 watts
HAAT 386 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 13581
Transmitter coordinates 45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444Coordinates: 45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444[1]
Callsign meaning K W LaZer (former format)
Former callsigns Warm Springs:
KHQE (3/1983-9/1983, CP)
KWSI (1983-1991)
KTWI (1991-1998)
KWEG (1998-2000)
KWPK (2000-2001)
KRCO-FM (2001-2002)
Former frequencies Warm Springs:
96.5 MHz (1986-2015)
Owner 3 Horizons, LLC
Webcast Listen Live

KWLZ-FM is a commercial radio station in West Linn, Oregon, broadcasting to the Portland, Oregon, area on 96.3 FM. KWLZ-FM airs a classic hits format branded as "96.3 KWLZ, Rock and Roll's Greatest Hits".


Warm Springs[edit]

The station signed on the air on January 18, 1986 at 96.5 FM as KWSI with an adult contemporary format. In 1991 KWSI changed their call letters to KTWI and simulcasted with classic rock-formatted KTWS 98.3 FM Bend as "98.3 & 96.5, The Twins". In 1998 the station changed its call letters to KWEG and aired an adult contemporary format as "The Eagle". In 2000 the station changed its call letters to KWPK and rebranded as "The Peak". In 2001 the station changed its call letters to KRCO-FM and aired a country music format.

On July 24, 2002 the station changed call letters to KWLZ-FM and switched to a rock format, branded as "Lazer 96.5". On December 13, 2004 KWLZ-FM shifted its format to classic rock, still under the "Lazer 96.5" branding.

On August 22, 2008 KWLZ-FM switched to a simulcast of news/talk-formatted KBNW 1340 AM Bend, Oregon, branded as "News Radio Central Oregon".

Move to Portland[edit]

On September 8, 2015 KWLZ-FM's 96.5 FM transmitter in Warm Springs went silent, ending its simulcast with KBNW. KWLZ-FM went silent in preparation of its move to 96.3 FM West Linn in the Portland, Oregon radio market.

On September 18, 2015 KWLZ's 96.3 West Linn signal signed on the air with a rock-leaning classic hits format, branded as "96.3 KWLZ".[2] KWLZ-FM's license was granted for its West Linn facilities on September 24.


  1. ^ "Radio locator: Portland, Oregon". Theodric Technologies LLC. 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ 96.3 KWLZ Launches in Portland

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