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City Paducah, Kentucky
Branding 99.5 The Fan
Frequency 1560 kHz
Translator(s) 99.5 W258AN (Paducah)
First air date 1941
Format Sports
Power 1,000 watts day
35 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 54720
Transmitter coordinates 37°03′08.00″N 88°36′03.00″W / 37.0522222°N 88.6008333°W / 37.0522222; -88.6008333
Callsign meaning W PADucah
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner Bristol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website 995thefanpaducah.com

WPAD (1560 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports talk format. Licensed to Paducah, Kentucky, United States. The station is owned by the Bristol Broadcasting Company, Inc.[1]

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 1,000 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.[2]

On October 22, 2014 WPAD was granted a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to decrease day power to 1,000 watts and decrease night power to 35 watts. The license to cover for the new facility was granted on April 28, 2017.[3]



Special Programming[edit]

  • McCracken County High School Sports
  • Live Church Programming (Sundays 10a-Noon)
  • Nashville Predators (limited) NHL
  • Tennessee Titans NFL
  • Marshall Toy Sports Show (Mondays 5p-7p)


  1. ^ "WPAD Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Walker, Joe, "Paducah, Ky., Honors Radio Station after 70 Years of Operation." The Paducah Sun (Paducah, Kentucky), August 21, 2000. Retrieved May 25, 2009
  3. ^ License File Number: BL-20170216ADQ Federal Communications Commission
  4. ^ Weekday lineup

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