Sydney Sixers

The Sydney Sixers are an Australian professional franchise men's cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League. Along with the Sydney Thunder, the Sixers are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash; the Sixers play at Sydney Cricket Ground in the south-eastern area of the inner city while the Thunder play out of Spotless Stadium further west. The inaugural coach was Trevor Bayliss, replaced in 2015 by current coach Greg Shipperd; the Sixers' inaugural captain was Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. Both Steve Smith and Moises Henriques have spent time captaining the team. Competing in the inaugural Big Bash League, the Sydney Sixers went on to win the tournament. After finishing third in the regular season games, the Sixers defeated the Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-final at Bellerive Oval; this facilitated a show-down with the Perth Scorchers in the final. They defeated the Scorchers on 28 January 2012, at the WACA Ground, thus becoming the inaugural champions of the Big Bash League.

Their second championship came in the ninth BBL season in 2019–20. Making the team the current BBL Champions; as a result of their successful Big Bash League grand final win in BBL01, the Sixers competed for the first time in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The tournament was held in October 2012 in South Africa. Again, the Sixers made history by winning this tournament on their first attempt; the Sixers were top of their group going into the finals of the tournament. They went on to defeat the Nashua Titans in the semi-finals and the Highveld Lions in the final of the tournament to be crowned champions; the Sydney Sixers were created when the decision was made to move away from state representative teams to city-based teams for the domestic Twenty20 competition. It is believed that this move was to align its structure with that of India and South Africa, where their domestic teams are based around cities; this was an important factor for the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 tournament, where those three nations were founding members.

It was decided that there would be two teams from Sydney, two teams from Melbourne, one from each other capital city for an eight team competition. The names Sixers were decided upon by Cricket NSW. Other names considered for the two teams were Edge; the Sydney Sixers were chosen to host the first game of the new and exciting format of the BBL. The game was played on December 16, 2011 at the historical Sydney Cricket Ground against the Brisbane Heat; the Sixers restricted the Heat to 8/139 from their allotted 20 overs. Stuart MacGill showed his class, coming out of retirement for this tournament, to end with the best figures from a Sixers bowler with 2/21; the Sixers chased down the runs with 8 balls to spare with skipper and opening batsmen Brad Haddin earning the Player of the Match award. The Sixers traveled down to Hobart and were dominated by the Hurricanes in a 42-run defeat. Phil Jaques and Travis Birt amassing a 107 wicket partnership, with Birt the Player of the Match. Upon returning home, a standout performance with the bat from West Indian import Dwayne Bravo assured the win for the Sixers with 51 runs as the Melbourne Stars fell 2 runs short in an exciting run chase.

The Sixers lost on the road to the Melbourne Renegades before picking up away wins against Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers. The Sixers battled-out a hard fought win against the Perth Scorchers at home. After losing a couple of early wickets, Steve Smith smacked a quickfire 51 before the Sixers lost 5/8 in the final two overs to be bowled out for 176. In the end this was enough; the stunning spell of swing by Mitchell Starc earned him the Player of the Match. In-form after three consecutive wins to close out the regular season, the Sixers went on to win against the Hurricanes in Hobart. Sydney were able to put on a par-score after winning the toss. A good spell of bowling from Brett Lee and Ian Moran at the death ensured the Sixers would reach the final; the Sixers went on to win the inaugural 2011–12 Big Bash League, defeating the Perth Scorchers at the WACA Ground. Again Lee lead the Sixers attack as they were able to restrict Perth to 8/156. Moises Henriques guided the innings, scoring 70 runs to make light work of the run-chase.

The Sixers winning with 7 balls to spare. By winning the inaugural 2011–12 Big Bash League, the Sixers earned the right to compete in the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 tournament; the Sixers were drawn into Group B along with the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Highveld Lions. The Sixers cruised through the Group Stage without too many difficulties; the batters blasted the Super Kings out of the park scoring 185/5 with the bowlers backing them up to win by 12 runs. Mitchell Starc tore through Yorkshire to; the Sixers were able to overcome the Lions humble score with and over to spare before making it four-from-four with an easy 12-run win over the Indians. Their semi-final match against the Titans proved much more challenging; the Titans amassed a modest 163/5 with the Sixers needing all twenty to overs to secure the win. On the final delivery, Pat Cummins missed the ball but the batters were able to scramble home for a bye despite Cummins colliding with the bowler; the final however, was in stark contrast.

The Sixers attack, led by Josh Hazlewood bundled out the Highveld Lions for a poultry 121 runs. They only needed 12.3 to blast home the runs with Michael Lumb thumping an unbeaten 82


WKDN is an American radio station licensed to Philadelphia and serving the Philadelphia market. WKDN broadcasts a Christian format. WKDN began broadcasting as WPEN on April 19, 1929 as a 250-watt station on 1500 kHz; the frequency was shared by the Pennsylvania School of Wireless Telegraphy's WPSW, which went on the air in 1926, Bethayres-based WALK, which launched in 1927. In its early years, it was known for Italian-language programming, was co-owned with another major Italian-oriented station, WOV in New York City. Beginning in November 1929, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission broadcast their Sunday morning services from their 800-person homeless shelter and soup kitchen; the most notable speaker was Percy Crawford who spoke to the crowd of homeless men. In the 1930s, WPEN moved to 920 kHz, sharing time with WRAX until the two stations merged in 1938. WPEN went to 950 kHz in the NARBA frequency shifts of 1941. During the mid-1940s, the station was owned by the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper; as entertainment programming moved from radio to television, WPEN evolved into a popular music format in the early 1950s.

The music at that time consisted of artists such Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Mills Brothers, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, many others. At this time, a show called. In the early 1950s, WPEN became. Steve Allison of Boston, was host of a five or six nights a week radio show from 11:30PM–2:00AM; this show was broadcast from the "Ranch Room" restaurant on the station's ground floor building on Walnut Street between 22nd and 23rd streets. WPEN was one of the first broadcasters in the country to use a live seven-second delay tape system. In addition to live guests, Steve Allison took telephone calls from listeners. Teddy Reinhart was the producer. Allison had guests such as Eddie Fisher, Billy Eckstein and numerous local politicians at the Ranch Room. Many evenings Allison showed up for work in a tuxedo. In the late 1950s, Frank Ford hosted. Jim Reeves could be seen doing newscasts from a second floor studio. Before the Steve Allison show, radio personality Art Raymond hosted a live Latin music dance program from the Ranch Room.

Years Raymond hosted Jewish music programs featuring Klezmer music on radio stations in New York City and Florida. In the late 1950s, rock and roll began to dominate the chart. WPEN opted, though, to remain a non-rock station but played some of the softer songs by artists like The Platters, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, others. By the mid-1960s, WPEN was playing softer songs by The Beatles, The Association, The 5th Dimension, Tom Jones, The Mamas & the Papas, The Righteous Brothers, others. In the early 1970s, artists like The Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, others became core artists. Still all along, artists like Sinatra and Cole, as well as Big Bands, were heard on WPEN; the station was a news-intensive MOR format. During the 1960s, an evening interview show hosted by Frank Ford was broadcast on weekdays, it was held in a converted night club near 22nd and Walnut Streets, so the public was allowed to sit in on all broadcasts. Around 1967, WPEN became an affiliate of the NBC Radio Network.

Around 1969, the station left NBC, management decided to challenge WIP, Philadelphia's dominant MOR music station. Some WIP personalities were lured to WPEN, including Tom Brown, an extensive promotional campaign was launched with the station billing itself as "The New 95." However, listeners did not respond in large numbers and the station went into a gradual decline. By about 1973, the station's financial condition was so poor that it began signing off at midnight to save money, ownership began to market the operation to potential buyers. At the end of 1974, WPEN was sold to Greater Media, along with co-owned WPEN-FM; when the deal closed in January 1975, Greater Media took the stations off the air for some badly needed engineering upgrades. In the spring, WPEN returned to the air as "95PEN" with an oldies format under program director Julian Breen and Peter Mokover. Mike St. John made his Philly debut at this time along with Geoff Fox, Paul Cassidy, Loren Owens, Mike Landry, Rick Harris and Bobby "Dashboard" Dark.

Legend Joe Niagara soon joined the station with an afternoon drive show. The revived station played rock and roll hits from about 1955 to 1963, but newer music was added to the playlist over time. Ratings were never spectacular, WPEN opted to change formats in 1979. In 1979, WPEN dumped the Oldies format and became Nostalgia, featuring big bands hits and adult standards; the station became known as "950 WPEN, The Station Of The Stars". The station featured adult standards of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, along with some big bands of the 1930s and 1940s; the station mixed in some softer rock hits of the 1950s through the 1970s known as "baby boomer pop" by some. The airstaff from the oldies format remained. Over the years, many other legends came to WPEN, like Ken Garland, Joe Niagara, Bill "Wee Willie" Webber, Dick Clayton, Joe Harnett, Bill Wright, Sr, Tom Moran, Andy Hopkins and Kim Martin. Joe Grady and Ed Hurst returned to host a