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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 2013!

  • The Tigers advanced to the ALCS for the third straight season. They lost the American League Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox.

  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced his retirement.

  • The Lions played their the fifth and final season under head coach Jim Schwartz.

  • In July, Michigan state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr petitioned a federal judge to put the City of Detroit into bankruptcy protection.

  • In July, Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

  • In April, the Boston Marathon bombings occurred.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal.

  • The word “Selfie” became popular and was the Oxford dictionary’s word of the year

  • Candy crush game dominated the globe.

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!