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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 2004!

  • The 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time to save the season, so the Red Wings had no season.

  • In June, the Pistons finished first overall in the Central Division, and second overall in the Eastern Conference.

  • Ben Wallace was named Defensive Player of the Year for the third time. He was also picked for the 2005 NBA All-Star Game.

  • In July, Comerica Park hosted the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

  • In October, the Tigers finished fourth in the AL Central.

  • Going into January, the Lions finished third in the NFC North Division.

  • Hurricane Katrina reached the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastal areas.

  • In June, the launch of the unmanned Cosmos 1 failed.

  • “YouTube” was founded.

  • Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected as the new Pope, and he used the name Pope Benedict XVI.

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!