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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 look back on these key events and happenings in Detroit and around the world in the year 2014!

The Tigers scored their fourth consecutive American League Central title. Their season ended in October after falling to the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series.

Under new coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions made it to a playoff Wild Card Game.

Mike Duggan became mayor of Detroit.

Detroit Emerged from bankruptcy on December 10, 2014.

Malaysia Arilines flight 370 disappeared.

The Ebola epidemic became a global health crisis.

The Winter Olympics were held in Sochi.

Robin Williams committed suicide.

Bill Cosby’s rape allegations surfaced.

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!