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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 happenings in Detroit and around the world in the year 1998!

  • Voters gave the green light to the Clean Michigan Initiative, putting $675 million in bonds for environmental and natural resources programs.

  • In April, The Pistons finished sixth in the Central Division.

  • Grant Hill was tapped for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game.

  • The 1998 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix took place in June on the Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit.

  • In June, The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup for the 2nd time in a row. Nice!

  • In September, The Tigers finished in fifth place in their first season in the American League Central Division.

  • In December, The Lions finished 4th place in the NFC Central Division.

  • In February, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Nagano, Japan.

  • The average cost of new house was $129,300.

  • A U.S. postage stamp cost 32 cents.

  • In January, President Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke.

  • The Barbie Porsche Boxter was a popular toy in 1998.

  • In April, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World opened to the public.

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