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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 reflect on these chief events and happenings in Detroit and around the world in the year 2002!

  • In May, the Pistons placed 2nd in the playoffs.

  • Ben Wallace scored awards for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, All-NBA Third Team, and NBA All-Defensive First Team.

  • In June, The Red Wings won the Stanley cup.

  • In September, the Tigers finished the season with a 55-106 record.

  • The Lions began playing in the new Ford Field.

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

  • Michigan elected its first female governor, Democrat Jennifer Granholm.

  • The XIX Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in February.

  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October of 2002.

  • The Euro became the official currency of 12 of the European Union’s Members.

  • Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of the UK, passed away.

  • George Bush started the Department of Homeland Security in June to fight threats of terrorism.

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!