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Story by Mark Wilson and Anne Erickson

WRIF first started broadcasting true rock ‘n’ roll to the Motor City on On Feb. 14, 1971, and we’ve never looked back!

It’s been an honor to rock with you for the past 50 years, and we look forward to the next 50.

Let’s look back on these major events and milestones in Detroit and around the world in the year 1977!

  • On April 15th, 1977, the Renaissance Center skyscraper complex’s construction was complete.

  • In April of 1977, the Detroit Red Wings let go of Alex Delvecchio after the 1976–77 team compiled a 16–55–9 record. They brought on Ted Lindsay as the team’s general manager.

  • In April of 1977, the Pistons compiled a 44–38 record and finished second in the NBA’s Midwest Division.

  • In October of 1977, the Tigers compiled a 74–88 record and finished fourth in the American League East.

  • In December of 1977, the Lions compiled a 6–8 record and finished in third place in the NFL’s Central Division

  • The 1977 Grammy for Record of the Year went to “This Masquerade” from George Benson (artist) and Tommy LiPuma (producer).

  • The 1977 Grammy for Album of the Year went to “Songs in the Key of Life” from Stevie Wonder (artist and producer).

  • Some of the most popular toys from 1977 included Curious George, Roller Skates, Transistor Radios, Hoppity Hops and Girls Dolls.

  • Famous birthdays from 1977 include Tyra Banks on Dec. 4 and Kate Beckinsale on July 26.

  • A key event from 1977 was U.S. Troops withdrawing from Vietnam and U.S. involvement in Vietnam War ending.

  • “Masterpiece Theatre,” “The Price Is Right” and “The Partridge Family” were some popular TV programs in 1977.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at and tweet at her @AnneErickson!