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Qwerpline is a podcast from LoadingReadyRun recorded primarily by Graham, Alex, Kathleen, Beej, and Ian. It's "scriptovised" - first improvised by the actors, then later refined and edited. The podcast consists of a fictional morning radio show on the station QWRP FM, broadcasting from scenic Nsburg. The show is hosted by Graham ("Big G-Money") and Alex ("A-Train"), along with Derek the Intern (Beej), traffic reporter Richter Hammockslam (Ian), arts reporter Edith Slump (Kathleen), plus a broad slate of guests and local personalities. Art for Qwerpline is often provided by Featherweight.

A typical episode of Qwerpline contains segments on local news, the arts (with Edith Slump), local traffic (with Richter Hammockslam), plus a live on-location interview via Derek the Intern. Other recurring segments include the weather, sports, and the occasional caller who somehow manages to get through. Each episode begins and ends with a sponsor message.

History

According to LRRcast - AskLRR February 2016, Qwerpline is the fusion of Graham's QWOPline and Alex's Derpline, both of which were fake radio shows invented during Desert Bus. Alex put on a radio show in Desert Bus 5 entitled Derpline, the birthplace of the "A-Train" persona, where he did mock interviews with other members of the crew. For years after DB5 fans and callers continued to request Derpline, which led Graham during one of his shifts to put on QWOPline, a morning show equivalent of Derpline. One year later, both DJs joined forces and created the first ever episode of Qwerpline.

The biggest influences to Qwerpline predate the internet and are most notably: Firesign Theater, Proctor and Bergman, Cheech and Chong, Round the Horne and The Goon Show. Due to its success Qwerpline has been favorably compared to Welcome to Nightvale but the LRR crew considers Welcome to Nightvale more as a similarly structured variety show than an inspiration as they had little prior exposure to it. The similarities between both shows are coincidental and comparisons arise as a consequence of both shows being the only ones of their kind rather than the shows being more directly related.

Characters

All characters are voiced by Graham, Alex, Kathleen, Beej, and Ian.

QWRP Staff

  • Graham ("Big G-Money") - Co-host of Qwerpline.
  • Alex ("A-Train") - Co-host of Qwerpline and current Aldersm'n of Therpston County.
  • Derek the Intern - 19-year-old intern who is frequently sent out for on-location work.
  • Edith Slump - QWRP's monotonous arts correspondent, local author, and self-described freelance gadabout.
  • Chet Buntsman - QWRP's first attempt at a sports reporter. Former coach of the Nsburg High Talcum Puffs girl's field hockey team.
  • Michael O'Leary - QWRP's third sports reporter, now business reporter. After the Property Lottery, now lives in the station closet.
  • Gus - QWRP station engineer & security(?) Mostly expresses his opinions via the sound board.

Recurring & Minor Characters

See List of Minor Qwerpline Characters.

List of Qwerpline episodes

Canonical Episodes
Episode No. Title Release Date Link
01 Pot Hole Mystery 30 August 2015 Youtube
All of the nsburg potholes have gone missing. Plus, a preview of the films opening at the nsburg megaplex and an interview with local perfumer Ball Hinkley.
02 Damnable Dams 13 September 2015 Youtube
Derek reports on the grand opening of a restaurant, plus coverage of girls' field hockey, and concerned citizen Lorna Schlitzwhistle calls in.
03 Break the Banks 29 September 2015 Youtube
Full coverage of the newly-created Shaughnessy River II blocking traffic in and out of nsburg, leading to gas rationing.
04 Harvest Festival 12 October 2015 Youtube
Qwerpline reports live from the nsburg Harvest Festival via the QWRP Mobile Broadcast Van. Derek talks to some of the vendors.
05 The Several Rs 28 October 2015 Youtube
Things are calming down to relative normalcy after the harvest festival. Derek is on location at the recycling plants, and another citizen with complaints finds the phone number.
06 Founding Father 11 November 2015 Youtube
Derek has an exclusive interview with the founder of Therpston Country, Richter has traffic, and it's sideball season!
07 Debatable 1 December 2015 Youtube
The emergency by-election for new county Aldersm'n is well underway, no matter how disruptive it may be.
08 Fourth Quarter 14 December 2015 Youtube
Sadie's in with the weather, Richter somehow takes to the skies, and Derek goes back to school.
09 Rum Runners 18 January 2016 Youtube
Traffic and more from Richter, touring a historic site with Derek, and all the latest news from Nsburg.
10 Key To The City 2 February 2016 Youtube
It's news, traffic, and arts today on QWRP, plus Aldersm'n Alex has to take off for some civic business.
11 Contract & Release 18 February 2016 Youtube
The Secret Pipesmen are trying to take Alex to task, and Graham needs backup in the studio. Richter is fine though... broadly speaking.
12 Seemingly At Random 2 March 2016 Youtube
Don't worry about the explosions—Richter and Derek sure aren't. Plus, a sideball update!
13 March Marchness 2 April 2016 Youtube
It's annual coverage of Nsburg's biggest event of the not-quite-spring, the March Marchness Parade-Off!
14 High & Dry 27 April 2016 Youtube
Derek is out at Bumper Crop Farms, a special guest visits the studio, and Richter is... doing fine.
15 Recycling Amnesty 19 May 2016 Youtube
Kendra Tiltington explains the Nsburg Recycling Center's new initiative, Richter is broadly near Highway 3, and Derek is in the town square for an unveiling..
16 Full of Wieners 23 June 2016 Youtube
Edith's Book Club returns, Derek heads down to a favourite local wienerhouse, and Richter is also there.
17 Property Lottery 13 July 2016 Youtube
Darren von Spront is in the studio for an interview, Derek is on location at the Nsburg Property Lottery, and Richter calls in.
18 All Aboard 29 September 2016 Youtube
QWRP is back! Property lottery is... "resolved", Edith jumps in to help, and Richter clears the skies.
19 Flush the Grid 26 October 2016 Youtube
It's an Nsburg Tradition! And Richter, Sadie, and Derek are here too.
20 Dog Balls 25 January 2017 Youtube
The Pipesmen have a new--if similar--plan, Richter is despondant, and Derek is on location at the Dog's Ball.
21 The Winter Classic 11 February 2017 Youtube
Featuring news, traffic, arts, and a live report from the Sideball Winter Classic!
22 From the Waist Down 28 February 2017 Youtube
Derek is on location with some statuesque legs, Monty Cone talks sideball, and Richter makes some new friends.
23 Strike Week 4 April 2017 Youtube
An interview with the Nsburg OmniUnion, the latest exhibits at the history museum, and Derek checks out a new restaurant.
24 Poet Laureate 25 April 2017 Youtube
Derek interviews tabletop game creator Klaus D'Abrucio, Richter has strong opinions, and Edith interviews Nsburg's Poet Laureate.
25 Mystery Mansion 12 May 2017 Youtube
Edith fills in on sports, Richter is inexplicably okay, and Derek interviews a local heiress.
26 Don't Bet On It 6 July 2017 Youtube
An in-studio interview with Ball Hinkley, Richter's new flight, on-location arts reporting, and Derek interviews Bertha Burpwinter.


Non-Canonical Episodes
Episode No. Title Release Date Link
DB7 Desert Bus 7 - QWERPline 21 November 2013 Youtube
First Iteration of the morning radio show under the QWERPLine name. Alex and Graham call random viewers as part of the "good morning" show segment.
DB8 Desert Bus 8 - QWERPline 29 November 2014 Youtube
After establishing the basic format, Graham and Alex continue to call random viewers as part of their "good morning" segment. First live show to include other cast members.
DB9 Desert Bus 9 - QWERPline 19 November 2015 Youtube
First "non-canon" episode recorded after the show started its canonical series. While this episode is listed as "non-canon", its sponsor and some new segments were included in later episodes.
PAX West PAX West 2016 - QWERPline 20 September 2016 Youtube
First QWERPline episode recorded during a LRR Panel. Unlike previous canon and non-canon episodes, The "Live@PAX West 2016" episode has a 42 minute runtime.

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