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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 2004!

  • In May, the Red Wings made it to the Western Conference Semi-final but lost.
  • Two Red Wings were part of the roster for the 2004 All-Star Game: Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk.
  • In June, the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Finals.
  • Chauncey Billups scored the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.
  • Ben Wallace scored awards for All-NBA Second Team and NBA All-Defensive First Team.
  • In October, the Tigers finished in fourth place with a record of 72-90.
  • Going into January, the Lions finished the season in 3rd place in the NFC North Division.
  • The “restored” Campus Martius Park opened in downtown Detroit.
  • In baseball, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in baseball for the first time since 1918.
  • The 60th anniversary of D-Day was recognized by leaders across the world.
  • Lance Armstrong won a whopping sixth consecutive Tour de France cycling title.
  • Facebook was launched as a social networking site only open to students from Harvard in February by Mark Zuckerberg along with his college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

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!