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WLUP-FM Names New Rock Girl: Shannon Ihrke

WLUP-FM/97.9 The Loop has crowned a new young woman to be its 2013 spokesmodel, the Loop Rock Girl. Gone is Loop Rock Girl Tricia, who held on to the role for well over 1.5 years. The new spokesmodel is Loop Rock Girl Shannon -- the first new Loop Rock Girl in nearly two years and the eighth one since the role was created in 2005.

At the end of this summer, 97.9 The Loop re-started up its formerly annual search for its spokesmodel. Out of the hundreds of applicants, WLUP-FM and station owner Merlin Media whittled it down to the top 30 contestants (aka "The Flirty 30") on September 21st and then down to the top 16 vote gainers (aka "The Sweet 16") on October 12th. After online voting over the last two weeks trimmed the contestants down to four, the station held its live "finals" this past weekend. At the live event held on stage and before a small crowd of Loop fans at Chicago's Bottom Lounge club, the new winner selected was Chicago-based model Shannon Ihrke.

Ihrke, originally from Walker, MN, joined the U.S. Marine Corps when she was 19, where she became a Sergeant (E-5). After four years in the Marines, she left to pursue her dream of becoming a professional model. Ihrke has appeared in numerous magazines, including three high-profile spreads in Maxim Magazine. She has also been a ring girl for ProElite MMA matches.

As the 2013 Loop Rock Girl, Shannon Ihrke gets a contract for $75,000. She will represent the station at events through the end of November 2013 (this is a 13 month position), and take part in numerous photo/video shoots. Her very first event as Loop Rock Girl takes place tonight at Reapers Realm in Hammond, IN from 7:00pm-9:00pm, along with now-former Loop Rock Girl Tricia Van Der Slik.

Since 2005, the Loop Rock Girls have been Erica, April, Crystal, Kelly, Leah, Lindsey, Tricia, and now Shannon. This does not count Lorelei, the famous Loop spokesmodel of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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