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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 major events and happenings in Detroit and around the world in the year 2017!

  • The Tigers missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year.

  • Bedrock Detroit, owned by Dan Gilbert, announced a $900 million, two building project where the former J.L. Hudson store stood.

  • Under new coach Matt Patricia, the Lions didn’t make it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season and finished last in the NFC North.

  • Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.

  • The Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

  • Larry Nassar was found guilty and sentenced up to 175 years in prison.

  • “Black Panther” hit theatres.

  • Jeff Bezos became richest person in the world.

  • Stephen Hawking and Stan Lee died.

  • The wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive in history.

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!