WRIF Rock Girl 2016 Official Contest Rules


101 WRIF (Station) will be conducting a contest to find one person to be the Riff “Rock Girl” who will represent the Station at promotions, events and on the air from May 2016 to May 2017.  The person who is selected will become a part-time Station employee with an annualized salary of $40,000.


The Riff Rock Girl contest will take place from 1/26/2016 through 5/19/2016. This contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws, and is void where prohibited by law.  ALL EVENT DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. LISTEN TO WRIF OR VISIT WWW.WRIF.COM FOR UPDATES.


Only female residents of Metro Detroit, MI (Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Monroe, Livingston, Lenawee, Jackson, Hillsdale, St. Clair, Lapeer, and Genesee counties) who are 21 years of age or older as of March 19, 2016 and legal U.S. residents can participate in this contest.  Final Four finalists must possess a valid passport for international travel as further described below.

Any person who, as of March 19, 2016, has any type of talent and/or management representation (e.g., a talent agent or manager), is under any type of professional performance contract (including but not limited to, a music recording contract, a talent contract, an acting contract), is under any type of exclusive contract to a modeling and/or promotional agency, and/or is party to any merchandising contract may be deemed INELIGIBLE to participate in the contest and subject to disqualification.  This information must be disclosed on the Rock Girl application so that WRIF can determine whether disqualification is necessary.

Any person who has won or served in the position of “Riff Rock Girl” in the last 10 years is ineligible to participate.

Employees of Greater Media Detroit (“Company”) and any contest sponsors (Company and any other sponsors collectively, “Sponsors”), and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members of such employees (i.e., spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and siblings) and anyone else residing within the household of each of the above are NOT eligible to enter or to win.

WRIF-FM reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time in its sole discretion.  Entrants who provide any false information on the application or otherwise in connection with the contest, including (without limitation) with respect to employment history, background, or other credentials, may be immediately disqualified or, if already hired, immediately terminated.


In order to participate, you must attend one of three (3) scheduled official auditions. Potential candidates will be able to pre-register, either by filling out and submitting the online web form located at www.wrif.com/rockgirl2016; or by filling out the downloadable application and submitting it via email to rockgirl2016@wrif.com.  Online and email entries must include a photo of the applicant (.jpg format; 1MB maximum size).  Potential candidates may also pre-register by printing the application, filling it out, and mailing or dropping off the application along with the required photo to:

101 WRIF

Attn: Rock Girl Search

One Radio Plaza

Ferndale, MI 48220


Pre-registered applicants will be scheduled to attend one of the three auditions, assuming they meet all requirements to participate in the Riff Rock Girl contest.  All pre-registered applicants will be contacted 3 to 5 business days prior to the audition to be informed of arrival times and procedures.  Auditions will also be open to the public to attend and apply for the Riff Rock Girl Search onsite the day of the audition.  At the auditions, participants will be required to complete an application (if not already pre-registered), sign a participation release form, be photographed, conduct an interview with 101 WRIF station staff members, and read a “mock” on air report. Participants may also be recorded, photographed and/or videotaped at the audition.   All contest applications and audition photos/videos will become the property of Station and will not be acknowledged, returned, or otherwise provided to the participants.


1 – Thursday, March 10 from 5pm to 9pm at The Tilted Kilt located at 44175 Twelve Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377

2 – Tuesday, March 15 from 5pm to 9pm at The Tilted Kilt located at 44935 Hayes Rd, Sterling         Heights, MI 48313

3 – Saturday, March 19 from 2pm to 7pm at Roak Brewing Company at 330 E Lincoln Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

The Station reserves the right to hold additional auditions. Listen to 101 WRIF or visit our website at www.wrif.com for further details.

Participants must provide a valid form of picture ID and a headshot (need not be professional) when registering.  Participants must have authorization to provide photos to WRIF for display on its website and social media pages as provided below.  If a participant does not have this authorization and is selected as a semi-finalist, she must inform WRIF so that another photo can be taken for posting on the website and/or social media page(s)Auditions will take place on a first-come / first-served basis regardless of whether applicant has already pre-registered. WRIF reserves the right to close the registration process before the event ends (but continue the auditions) if it appears that it will not have time to audition everyone in line.  Anyone who has pre-registered and arrives before the end time for the event will be allowed to audition.  Auditions will continue, time permitting, until terminated by the Station.

Participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Participants agree to submit to a criminal background check (after the Top 32 Contestants have been selected), reference check, and, if permitted by law, credit check. Participants must not have any conflicting obligations, contractual or otherwise, that would interfere with their obligations if chosen to be the WRIF Rock Girl.  Winner must provide satisfactory references and proof of identification and work authorization as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as amended.

At the conclusion of the three (3) auditions, a minimum of thirty-two (32) participants will be chosen as semi-finalists to continue in the contest by participating in the semi-final rounds. In addition to the participants chosen to continue to the semi-finals, the Station may select up to four (4) alternates who may be allowed to continue in the contest at the discretion of the Station.


Participants will be judged based on their personality, presentation, and speaking ability. Judging of participants at the auditions will be by representatives of the Station in their sole discretion. Judges will grade all of the participants at the auditions and select the participants who will compete in the semi-final rounds.  Alternates may be chosen in case any of the semi-finalists are not able to continue participating in the contest.

Participants will be graded as follows (percentages are approximate):
I. 35% Personality
II. 40% Presentation
III. 25% Speaking ability

The decisions of the judges are final and can NOT be negotiated.

Should a participant fail to comply with any of the official rules or fail to appear for the competition or photograph sessions on such date(s) and time(s) as established by WRIF-FM, then such participant shall be disqualified.


Round 1 Voting

Up to thirty-two (32) semi-finalists will be selected for Round 1 of Voting.  The semifinalists’ photos will be placed in random order on a webpage available online at www.wrif.com starting Monday, March 28, 2016 through 11:59 pm (ET) on Sunday, April 3, 2016.  Listeners will vote for their favorite contestant to narrow the field to the Sexy Sixteen (16).

Round 2 Voting

Up to sixteen (16) contestants will qualify for Round 2 of Voting.  The “Sexy 16” semi-finalists’ photos will then be placed in random order on a webpage available online at www.wrif.com starting Monday, April 4, 2016 through 11:59 pm (ET) on Sunday, April 17, 2016.  Listeners will be able go online or text in to vote for their favorite contestant to reduce the semi-finalist pool to up to eight (8) contestants.   During this second round of voting, the “Sexy 16” semi-finalists will make several appearances throughout Metro Detroit during the “Riff Rock Girl Bus Tour”.  “Sexy 16” semi-finalists may also be required to participate in on-line and on-air interviews during the Second Round of Voting.

Round 3 Voting

Up to eight (8) contestants will qualify for Round 3 of Voting. The “Exotic 8” semi-finalists will be placed in random order on the WRIF Rock Girl webpage starting Monday, April 18, 2016 through 11:59pm(ET) on Sunday, May 1, 2016.  Listeners will be able to go online or text in to vote for their favorite contestant to reduce the semi-finalist pool to Four (4) contestants.  “Exotic 8” semi-finalists will be required to make several appearances during the Third Round of Voting. “Exotic 8” semi-finalists may also be required to participate in on-line and on-air interviews during the Third Round of Voting.

The final “Fabulous 4” Contestants will be determined by a combination of the number of votes that they receive during Round 3 of the Voting and their performance in the following areas to take place during Round 3 Voting:

  • Researching and writing an “Entertainment Report”. Each contestant will be provided with sample reports on which to base their report as well as tools (such as websites) to be used to obtain information for their report
  • Recording their Entertainment Report with a WRIF Production Member
  • Recording of a “Rock Girl Video Update” with WRIF Video Team
  • Performance, Presentation, and Attendance Record at Rock Girl Appearances in Rounds 2 and 3 of Voting

The final “Fabulous Four” contestants will be selected based on their performance in the above areas, as determined by WRIF Staff and Management, as well as by the voting totals in Round 3 of Voting from the WRIF Listeners through online and text in voting.  Final Determination of the Fabulous Four will be determined as follows (percentages are approximate):

  • Round 3 Voting Results = 30%
  • Performance in the writing and recording of an “Entertainment Report” = 25%
  • Performance in recording of Rock Girl Update = 25%
  • Performance/Presentation/Attendance Record at Appearances = 20%

Round 4 Voting

The “Fabulous Four” contestants will be placed in random order on the WRIF Rock Girl webpage starting Monday, May 2, 2016 through 11:59 pm (ET) on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  Listeners will be able to go online or text in to vote for their favorite contestant.  During this fourth round of voting, the “Fabulous Four” finalists will make several appearances throughout Metro Detroit during the “Riff Rock Girl Bus Tour” as well as participating in the Rock Girl “Fabulous Four” Photoshoot Flyaway (dates and location TBD) and in the Rock Girl Finals Party on May 19, 2016 at the Hard Rock Café Detroit. Date and location of Finals Party subject to change.

General Voting Rules

For all rounds of voting, listeners will be able go online to vote for their favorite contestant.  Listeners must be a member of the WRIF Cyber-Crew to vote; limit one vote per member per round of voting.  For the Second, Third and Fourth Rounds only, listeners may also vote for their favorite contestant via Text Message Voting (limit one vote per phone number per round of voting) as instructed on the contest webpage.  Message and data rates may apply.  Listeners may receive one or more bounceback informational text messages in response to their vote. In each round, each listener is limited to one vote total per voting method.  Register to become a Cybercrew Member at www.wrif.com.

WRIF-FM disclaims any liability for ‘server errors’ or other online or cellular access problems during the voting periods. WRIF-FM reserves the right to extend the online voting period(s) if technical difficulties should arise. WRIF-FM will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the online voting is fair to each contestant and that the integrity of the system is maintained. However, if, for any reason, the online voting is not capable of being conducted as planned, including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes beyond the control of WRIF, Station reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the online voting and/or determine an alternate method of selecting the semi-finalists.  Contestants may be disqualified if Station determines that they or their supporters have engaged in any fraudulent voting or other improper conduct relating to the contest.


The four (4) finalists will be presented at the “Rock Girl Finals Party” event on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at The Hard Rock Café Detroit and will compete that evening for the prize of “Riff Rock Girl”.  Throughout the event, the finalists will participate in a verbal interview and trivia competitions, and engage in talent competitions.  A minimum of three station-selected judges, along with Station management, will make the final decision on who will be the winner of the competition, taking into consideration the voting tallies from the final round of voting, overall performance throughout the program, and the performance at the Final Party.  The judges’ decisions are final and may not be negotiated.  The judges will also select a “Runner-Up”, should the winner forfeit or be disqualified for any reason, or should she not be willing or able to complete the requirements as stated in the Rock Girl contract.


The thirty-two (32) semifinalists will be required to attend specified station events, including but not limited to:  Photo shoots, on-air interviews, club nights, etc. Semifinalists are not required to attend each and every event, but repeated failure to appear at station functions at the instructed time or failure to appear after committing to attend can result in the semi-finalist being disqualified. The station will give at least 24 hours’ notice for each event.  The “Sexy 16” and “Exotic 8” semi-finalists will be required to attend a minimum of 75% of the “Rock Girl Bus Tour” appearances per round.  Failure to attend 75% of the appearances will be taken into consideration when determining The Fabulous Four and the Grand Prize Winner (unless a reasonable excuse is provided for missing appearances and an exemption is provided by the Station; providing an exemption is at the sole discretion of the Station).

In the event of a tie during any round, Station management will decide who will move on in the contest, in its sole discretion. If the winner of the tie-breaker cannot be reached by phone within one (1) business day then she will be disqualified and the other contestant with the same score will remain in the contest.

All auditions may be audio- and video-recorded by the Station and such recordings shall be the sole and exclusive property of the Station and may be broadcast on-air and used for promotional and advertising purposes without further permission or compensation.  All photos submitted by entrants or taken at Rock Girl events may be posted on the WRIF and/or Sponsor(s) website and related social media pages.  By participating in the contest, all entrants consent to these uses of their image, photos, and audio or video recordings.

Station management shall decide all matters relating to the contest and the interpretation of contest rules. The decisions of Station management shall be final. Entry in the contest constitutes agreement by all contestants to abide by these rules, as well as any other rules established by Station and communicated to the participants, and permission for Sponsors to post entrants’ photos, record their auditions, and use such materials for promotional and advertising purposes.


Each “Fabulous Four” finalist will participate in a destination photo shoot trip (time, date, and location are to be determined and subject to change if needed by WRIF).  Expenses to be paid by WRIF include four (4) nights’ hotel accommodations for each finalist (one room, double occupancy) at the (location/ resort TBD), round trip coach airfare from DTW, all meals, drinks and snacks on the resort property, and ground transportation to and from the resort.  Finalists must possess a valid passport for international travel.  The finalist is responsible for all additional expenses not expressly listed above, including but not limited to baggage fees; meals, drinks, activities and transportation off the resort; ground transportation and parking in Detroit; as well as phone and room service charges.  If finalist cannot take the trip on the stated dates, she will not be eligible to be a Fabulous Four finalist.  If any finalist is unable to take the trip for any reason, an alternate will be selected by the judges to continue to compete with the Fabulous Four for the WRIF Rock Girl title.  Finalists will be accompanied by WRIF personnel and will be required to participate in two or more photo and video shoots while in Mexico.


All of the “Fabulous Four” contestants must appear at the “Rock Girl Finals” party on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at The Hard Rock Café Detroit to be eligible for selection as the WRIF Rock Girl.  Date and Location are subject to change.


Only one (1) contestant will win the contest. Subject to satisfactory completion of a thorough background check, the winner will become a part-time employee of the Station. Winner must enter into an employment contract with the Station, which will outline the obligations owed to the Station by virtue of being the WRIF Rock Girl. The one (1) winner will receive an annualized salary of $40,000 to be paid in equal amounts bi-weekly from May 2016-May 2017 (subject to authorized payroll deductions and withholding taxes).  The Station shall have the absolute right, without incurring any liability to the winner, to terminate the contract if the winner does not comply with the terms of the contract or otherwise violates company policy as set forth in the employee handbook, a copy of which will be provided to the winner upon commencement of her employment with WRIF.

Winner must be available to participate in station activities as required and assigned by programming and promotions, and be willing to travel around the Metro Detroit area and to other destinations. Winner must be available to participate in Station activities during non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends. Winner will be expected to appear at different venues and types of promotions including but not limited to concerts, bars, nightclubs, retail locations and more. The winner will be expected to dress in appropriate apparel for Station events. No prize substitution or cash redemption will be awarded.


By entering, all participants release and hold harmless the promotion Sponsors, WRIF, Greater Boston Radio, Inc., and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability and any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest and any prize won.  Winner will be required to sign a form releasing Sponsors and their respective affiliated companies from all liability in connection with the contest before claiming the prize.   Any person who refuses to sign the Release and/or provide a social security number will forfeit the contest prize.

Station reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for all contests and giveaways.

No transfer or assignment of qualifying opportunities or prizes is allowed.  Rock Girl winner will be subject to applicable payroll and related taxes related to salary received from WRIF.

By participating in this contest, each contestant hereby consents to the Sponsors’ use of her name; voice; likeness; photograph(s); recorded material; and biographical information for on-air broadcast, web posting, and for advertising and promotional purposes without payment of additional consideration.  Sponsors shall have the right to copy, edit, broadcast, publish and use, in whole or in part, any materials featuring participants, in any manner and medium, without compensation.

Sponsors undertake no liability or responsibility, and make no warranties, express or implied, for any failure to perform or negligent performance of any service provider, or for any other risk, incident or damage, direct or indirect, relating to or arising out of the contest, including (but not limited to) cancellations, postponements, delays or other scheduling changes; missed events or connections or inability of winner to attend; and accident, injury, death, damage or expense arising from or occurring during participation in any contest event or in the use of any prize, or during travel to/from or attendance at any event relating to the contest, by the winner or the winner’s guests.  Sponsors are not responsible for technical, hardware or software failure or malfunctions, lost or unavailable network or other telecommunications connections, or lost, late, damaged, illegible, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled, disconnected, or delayed contest entries or communications, whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or used in this contest, or by any human error which may occur in the execution of this contest.

Failure to conform to all contest rules, or any fraud or other illegal or inappropriate conduct on the part of or on behalf of a contestant, will result in the contestant’s disqualification and forfeiture of any prize won.  WRIF reserves the right to rule ineligible listeners who, in WRIF’s sole judgment, engage in abusive conduct with respect to any contest or promotion conducted by WRIF or its affiliates.  By taking part in this contest, participants agree to be bound by these rules and all decisions of the judges, who are employees of WRIF and whose decisions with respect to all aspects of the contest are final and binding.

Copies of contest rules are available at the Station, One Radio Plaza, Ferndale, MI, during normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for 60 days after the contest concludes.

Station reserves the right to change, alter or modify these rules, contest dates, times, and/or locations at any time with or without written notice. Material changes to the contest rules, if any, will be broadcast on-air and become effective upon announcement.

Station reserves the right to suspend or end any contest at any time and for any reason with or without awarding a prize.

As a condition to participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and all causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court or arbitrator located in Oakland County, Michigan having competent jurisdiction, which court shall apply the laws of the State of Michigan, without regard to the conflicts of law principles thereof. The entrant and WRIF hereby waive any and all right to trial by jury. If any provision of these Official Rules is declared or found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unenforceable or void, then such provision will be null and void but each other provision hereof not so affected will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

Sponsors: Greater Boston Radio, Inc. d/b/a WRIF, One Radio Plaza, Ferndale, MI 48220;