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"Welcome to the Inventory here on KPNYRadio, Ponyville's radio. And remember everypony, if you're not listening to KPNY, then you probably aren't listening to the radio!"
Air Waves at the beginning of each episode.

KPNYRadio is an fan produced audio drama/Video Review Show dedicated to reviewing the Fan Works created by the Bronies, with a twist.

A group of ponies working at KPNYRadio, Ponyville's radio broadcasting studio (its only one), have made an astonishing discovery. With an experimental radio transmitter called a Quantum Entanglement Dish, they've connected to the internet from another world, the human world. And they've produced a massive amount of media about ponies. KPNYRadio is in desperate need of a new show to bring in the ratings, they need a way to make their discovery known to the world. Thus, they create a show known as "The Inventory" to review and present the Bronies' works to Equestria. But what happens when the Bronies discover them?

KPNYRadio presents and reviews Brony Fan Works through the eyes of the ponies themselves. Unlike many Video Review Shows, the comedy doesn't come from attacking the work being reviewed (reviews are generally respectful to the work in question), but the interactions between the characters. The show can be found on Youtube here and also on EverFree Network and the EverFree Radio page can be found here. A Prequel comic will also be coming soon.

Works Reviewed:

This Audio Play contains examples of the following tropes.

  • Apple of Discord: Free Lance tries to do this, but Air Waves doesn't fall for it, even after temporarily doubting Hard Cover.
  • Batman Gambit: Used by the group to defeat Free Lance by having an 'argument' where they know he'll be listening, driving him into a Villainous Breakdown and causing him to rush into the room in a rage.
  • Broken Pedestal: Cover Story idolized Press Release...until he saw what a blatant, completely bias Conspiracy Theorist he was.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hard Cover. He's a Motor Mouth and a bit out there (and seems a bit too into Shipping and saucy stories, though he doesn't normally get to read the latter).
  • Conspiracy Theorist: There's some implication of Cover Story being this.
    • Press Release is an even bigger one.
    • Free Lance plays the part of one, but he actually doesn't even care about the Bronies. He's Only in It for the Money. It turns out he's actually a Changeling and his true motive is trying to figure out a way for the hive to invade the ponies.
  • Drink-Based Characterization: Air Waves drinks a lot of tea, primarily because he's stressed out and needs a way to relax.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Fairytail may be a Jerkass, but even he feels Free Lance is a stuck up jerk to the point of standing up to him for Air Waves of all ponies.
  • First Contact: The ponies discover the human internet and the Bronies in the first episode. However, in the finale of Season 1, the Bronies try to make contact in return and season 2 deals with the repercussions of this.
  • Foreshadowing: The story Free Lance reviews centers around a Changeling. Guess what he's revealed to be?
  • For the Evulz: Free Lance admits his attempts to spread discord among the crew and undermind Air Waves was mainly to amuse himself while looking for a way for the Changelings to invade the bronies.
  • Genius Ditz: Sound FX. He'd probably get along well with Pinkie Pie, but he was also the one who invented the QED and actually has a lot of in-depth knowledge of music.
  • The Ghost: The group's boss, known only as Boss Pony, who's mentioned often, but has yet to show up.
    • He speaks in what's been shown of the Prequel comic, but is still never seen.
    • The mane six, who are mentioned frequently, but never appear.
    • Queen Chrysalis, who sent Free Lance to try and figure out a way to invade the Bronies.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Sound FX hooked up the KPNY broadcast to the Quantum Entanglement Dish to boost the signal. It much that they reached Earth.
  • The Heavy: Free Lance serves as this, though he's supposedly working for someone else. It turns out he's working for Queen Chrysalis and is a changeling.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: This trope causes some confusion when talking about humans.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Free Lance has the same Poison Joke he tried to use to frame Hard Cover dumped on him, which destroys his disguise and reveals him as a Changeling.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Curtain Call pretty much says that, as much as she hates to say it, "The Inventory" is basically her only hope to keep her job...and due to cutbacks, Sound FX has to be the crew when he's not presenting.
  • I Have Many Names: Air Waves gets confused over Derpy's names (Ditzy, Derpy, Bright Eyes, Bubbles...) during the review of "Derpy's Wish".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Fairytail turns out to have this, due to being physically weak for an Earth Pony and thus being looked down on all his life.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Due to the connection between the mike and the Quantum Entanglement Dish, it has a habit of turning on without the crew realizing it, leading to them broadcasting things they didn't intend to. Ironically, this actually helps ratings in universe.
  • Jerkass: Fairytail, who goes out of his way to enrage Air Waves about his past and put him down.
    • Press Release is an even bigger one.
    • Free Lance is a pretty big jerk as well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cover Story seems like a jerk at first, but he's probably the one who treats Air Waves the best and actually respects him. He actually isn't too bad a guy when you get to know him.
    • Fairytail turns out to have one. It only shows once Air Waves earns his respect.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Free Lance in Season 3. The show was mostly lighthearted in the beginning, but when he shows up, things take a darker turn and he serves as a direct antagonist to the group. He's also a Changeling.
  • Literal-Minded: Sound FX at times. When Air Waves uses "hoof clinching" to describe the show, he literally tries to clinch his hooves.
  • The Man Behind the Man: His employers, who never appear. It turns out he's actually a Changeling, making Queen Chrysalis is this.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Free Lance, who tries to manipulate the group against each other. Makes sense, considering he's actually a Changeling.
  • Mundane Utility: A group of ponies make First Contact with an alien race's internet. They decide to do a radio show reviewing the fanworks of the Bronies.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Air Waves gave one to Fairytail after the latter pushed his buttons once too many times. While we don't know specifics, Fairytail apparently ended up in the hospital.
  • Noodle Incident: Air Waves was the announcer at the Young Fliers competition and ended up getting hit by the shock waves of Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom and yelling some...uncouth things on the air. This apparently got him fired and he ended up working on a Carrot Farm.
    • How Sound FX invented the QED. All we know is that it involved him blacking out by hitting his head in the bathroom.
  • Not Me This Time: Air Waves accuses Sound FX of putting poison joke in his tea because he's a prankster. It wasn't him this time, but he did feel Fairytail's study with cake-batter balloons.
  • Oh, Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: The Mane Six's reactions haven't been shown (though the six of them have been mentioned repeatedly), but the story revolves around a group of ponies who discovered the Bronies and their fanworks and review them. Due to the Brony culture in general, the crew assume Bronies worship the ponies.
  • Oh, My Gods!: Naturally, given the series its based on. Lampshaded in the season 2 finale when Free Lance is revealed to be a Changeling at which point Fairytail complains they used all the Princesses before he got to invoke this.
  • Only in It for the Money: Free Lance, who will more or less do any job that pays him.
  • Only Sane Pony: Curtain Call, the boss of the show, who in general is the most down to earth. Air Waves also qualifies, but he's a little more out there.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: The Catchphrase that Air Waves begins each show with states that KPNY is Ponyville's radio and...well, if ponies aren't listening to it, they're probably not listening to the radio. By Season 2, the Quantum Entanglement Dish has boosted the single so the majority of Equestria can now receive their broadcast, causing Fairytail to point out it's no longer accurate. Air Waves keeps it because Boss Pony likes it.
  • The Reveal: Free Lance is actually a Changeling and working for Queen Chrysalis trying to find out a way to invade the Bronies.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She might be a bit harsh at times, but Curtain Call is a rather accepting boss and generally puts up with a lot from the crew for the sake of the show.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In episode 10, Air Waves gives one to Press Release during their interview for being a Conspiracy Theorist.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Fairytail. He is a librarian and was a supply clerk in the Guard. He makes both of these out to be a massive deal.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: After putting up with Press Release's horseapples for most of their interview in episode 10, Air Waves gives one of these, on behalf of both himself and the bronies.
  • Sixth Ranger: Cover Story, a journalist from Manehatten who arrives in the first Season Finale and decides to stay on and join the crew.
  • Stalker Shrine: Sound FX has one to Vinyl Scratch. He creeps her out by whispering it to her when she comes on the show.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: In response to Free Lance's slander, Air Waves calls in a friend to help turn around the PR problem: Vinyl Scratch.
  • Totally Radical: In Episode 20, this trope gets enforced on the show by the higher ups, making Air Waves say a ridiculous new slogan
  • Updated Re-release: Due to enhanced production quality in season 2, they began rereleasing Season 1 with improved art work.
  • Video Review Show: With the twist it's ponies themselves reviewing the works instead of people. The show is also refreshingly respectful towards the works being reviewed and in general the comedy comes from the character interactions. It also has an overarching plot dealing with Air Waves' backstory and the First Contact with Earth.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Free Lance runs for it after being exposed as a Changeling. However, it's implied that Queen Chrysalis won't be forgiving of his failure.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Free Lance has a brief one during his review of Flitter when Air Waves turns his attempt to turn him on the Bronies back on him, but he manages to regain his composure.
    • Free Lance loses it when the group lets him overhear that 'the bronies are fake' because they know he's listening. He breaks down even further when he has Poison Joke dropped on him, shattering his disguise and revealing him to be a Changeling, meaning his mission is now a complete failure.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Fairytail calls Air Waves out on his paranoia following his tea being tainted by Poison Joke.

"Say goodnight Sound FX."