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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 chief events and happenings in Detroit and around the world in the year 2001!

  • Detroit celebrated its tricentennial with an array of events, including a parade of tall ships on the Detroit River.
  • In April, the Red Wings qualified for the playoffs by finishing first in the Central Division. The team lost in the first round of the playoffs.
  • In April, the Pistons finished fifth in the Central Division.
  • The 2001 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit took place in June on the Raceway on Belle Isle. Hélio Castroneves won the race for Team Penske.
  • In October, the Tigers finished the season with a 66-96 record.
  • Heading into January 2002, the Lions finished a bad seasons with a 2–14 record.
  • The September 11th terror attacks happened in the United States.
  • In August, NASA launched the Genesis spacecraft.
  • In January, the Apple Computer Company released the iTunes program.
  • A series of Anthrax attacks happened in America.
  • In January, George Bush was sworn in as the 43rd President of the U.S.

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!