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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 remember these important events and milestones in Detroit and around the world in the year 1986!

  • In April, the Pistons compiled a 46-36 record to finish third in the NBA’s Central Division.

  • In April, the Red Wings compiled a 17-57-6 record to finish fifth in the NHL Norris Division.

  • In October, the Tigers compiled an 87-75 record to finish third in American League East.

  • In December, the Lions compiled a 5-11 record to finish third in the NFC Central Division.

  • The 1986 Grammy for Record of the Year went to Quincy Jones (producer) for “We Are the World” performed by USA for Africa.

  • The 1986 Grammy for Album of the Year went to Hugh Padgham (producer) and Phil Collins (producer and artist) for “No Jacket Required.”

  • Some of the most popular toys from 1986 included My Buddy and Kid Sister, She-Ra Costume, Nintendo Entertainment System and NFL Huddles.

  • Lady Gaga was born on March 28, 1986.

  • “The Oprah Winfrey Show” debuted nationally in September of 1986. The show was broadcast out of Chicago, and Oprah soon became a household name.

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera” debuted in October of 1986 on London’s West End. It debuted on Broadway in 1988 and is currently Broadway’s longest-running musical.

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 erickson@WRIF.com and tweet at her @AnneErickson!