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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 major events and happenings in Detroit and around the world in the year 2003!

  • In April, the Red Wings won the Central Division.

  • In May, the Pistons wrapped up the season in first place in the Eastern Conference Finals.

  • Ben Wallace was voted to play in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. He also scored Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

  • In September, the Tigers went 43–119 and passed the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics for the most losses in American League history. Wow!

  • In December, the Lions finished 4th in the NFC North Division.

  • The final Concorde flight took place in November.

  • Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, was captured in Tikrit by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.

  • The average Cost of new house in 2003 was $246,300.

  • “Finding Nemo” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” were popular movies in 2003.

  • Apple officially launched iTunes and sold 10 million songs within four months.

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!