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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 significant events and milestones in Detroit and around the globe in the year 1989!

  • In April, the Red Wings compiled a 34–34–12 record. They were No. 1 in the NHL Norris Division!

  • In June, the Pistons compiled a 63–19 record. They were No. 1 in the NBA’s Central Division! Isiah Thomas led the Pistons with 1,458 points and 663 assists.

  • In October, the Tigers compiled a 59–103 record. They wrapped up seventh in American League East.

  • In December, the Lions compiled a 7–9 record. They finished third in the NFC Central Division.

  • The 1989 Grammy for Record of the Year went to Linda Goldstein (producer) and Bobby McFerrin for “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

  • The 1989 Grammy for Album of the Year went to George Michael (producer and artist) for “Faith.”

  • Some of the most popular toys from 1989 included Baby-Sitter’s Club Book Set, Barbie’s Dancetime Shop, Bubble Mower and My First Sony CD Player.

  • Famous birthdays in 1989 included Taylor Swift on Dec. 13, Dakota Johnson on Oct. 4 and Jason Derulo on Sept. 21.

  • Popular movies from 1989 included “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” and “Parenthood.”

  • The average cost of a new house in 1989 was $120,000.

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, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!