KZEL-FM (96.1 FM) is a commercial radio station in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States. The station airs a classic rock/adult album alternative hybrid music format. KZEL-FM programming is also carried on a series of broadcast translator stations to extend or improve the coverage area of the station. 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.
Contributions by Finetooth, 18.104.22.168, and Transent.