WPAD is the fifth oldest radio broadcasting station in Kentucky, founded in 1930 by Pierce Lackey. It broadcast on 1420 kHz with a 100 watt signal. In 1941 the power was increased to 250 watts, and the frequency was changed to 1450 kHz. In 1943 the station joined the CBS radio network. In 1946 WPAD added the first FM broadcasting in the state, continuing with FM simulcast until the 1970s. In 1962, the power was increased to 1000 watts. In 1967 Lackey died and the station was purchased by Ed Fritts, In the 1970s the FM call letters were changed to WDDJ and the FM programming was changed to progressive rock.
In 1984 the stations were sold to Bill Bereman of Indianapolis. Bereman soon sold them to Lee Hagan. In 1996, the stations were purchased by Bristol Broadcasting, owner of WKYX and WKYQ. WPAD exchanging frequencies with WDXR, and continued to operate on 1560 kHz with an "oldies" format.