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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 1983!

In April of 1983, under Scotty Robertson, the Pistons compiled a 37–45 record and finished third in the NBA’s Central Division.

In April of 1983, under Nick Polano, the Red Wings compiled a 21–44–15 record and finished sixth in the National Hockey League’s Norris Division.

In October of 1983, under Sparky Anderson, the Tigers compiled a 92-70 record and finished second in the American League East.

In December of 1983, The Lions, under Monte Clark, compiled a 9–7 record and finished first in the NFC Central Division.

The 1983 Grammy for Record of the Year went to “Rosanna” by Toto.

The 1983 Grammy for Album of the Year went to “Toto IV” by Toto.

Some of the most popular toys from 1983 included Atari 5200, Space Adventure Set, Cabbage Patch Dolls and Glo-Worm.

Popular films from 1983 included “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” “Tootsie” and “Flashdance.”

Famous birthdays in 1983 include Carrie Underwood on March 10 and Ronnie Radke on Dec. 15.

The final episode of “M*A*S*H” aired in February of 1983, with 125 million people watching.

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!