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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 major events and milestones in Detroit and around the globe in the year 1993!

  • Coleman Young announced his retirement following two decades as Mayor of Detroit. Dennis Archer took his place.

  • Cecil Fielder signed the richest contract in Major League Baseball history to play with the Tigers.

  • In April, the Pistons finished sixth in the NBA’s Central Division.

  • In May, the Red Wings finished second in the NHL Norris Division.

  • In October, the Tigers tied for third in American League East.

  • Heading into January 1994, the Lions finished first in the NFC Central Division. Barry Sanders led the team with 130 points scored.

  • The 1993 Grammy for Record of the Year went to Russ Titelman (producer) & Eric Clapton for “Tears in Heaven.”

  • The 1993 Grammy for Album of the Year went to Russ Titelman (producer) & Eric Clapton for “Unplugged.”

  • Some of the most popular toys from 1993 included Beanie Babies, Magic Johnson’s Double Jam Basketball and Soft Stuff Potato Head.

  • Popular musicians and bands in 1993 included Rage Against the Machine, Garth Brooks, Madonna, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and R.E.M.

  • Popular movies from 1993 included “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”

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!