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Story by Ron Burgess 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 key events and happenings in Detroit and around the world in the year 2011!

  • The Tigers’ regular season ended in September at home against the Cleveland Indians, with the Tigers holding a 95–67 record.

  • The Tigers scored the team’s first 11-game winning streak since 1968 and first nine-game winning streak since 1984.

  • The Lions made it to playing the New Orleans Saints in one of the NFC Wild Card Games, which the Lions lost 45–28.

  • Osama Bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. Navy Seals in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

  • Prince William married Catherine Middleton.

  • Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56.

  • Game of Thrones premiered.

  • On Dec. 18, the last US troops withdrew from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War after eight years.

  • And earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan.

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!