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->''"You're listening to ''Chatterbox'', hosted by me, Lazlow, with open ears and a closed mind."''

''GTA Radio'' is an extensive ShowWithinAShow within the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' universe. Although an [[EarlyBirdCameo early form]] existed in ''GrandTheftAutoII,'' it started when radio personality Lazlow Jones was hired to produce the radio shows for the series. Starting with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', he created a whole series of fake stations, with the only thing real being the music (either originally produced for the games or, more commonly, licensed). Otherwise, the commercials, [=DJs=] and shows are spoofs of those on actual radio (including where he spoofs ''himself'').

The variety of stations in each game alone is enormous, covering talk radio, rock, rap, electronica, country, reggae, dance, and others. The [=DJs=] are just as colorful.

In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', this even expanded to full TV shows and the Internet, parodying {{reality TV}}, FoxNews, Creator/{{PBS}}, talk shows, {{anime}}, {{friending network}}s, [[{{Ponzi}} get-rich-quick pyramid schemes]] and more.

Now included with [[{{Characters/GTARadio}} character sheet]] in the works.
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!!This Show in a Show provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: See CelebrityParadox below. Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith, host of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas']]'' classic rock station K-DST, complains about the plaid-wearing grunge rockers featured on the modern rock station Radio X, which his own voice actor -- Music/GunsNRoses vocalist Axl Rose -- was famous for wearing himself in real life.
** Earlier in Lazlow's and Couzin Ed's real life radio careers, Lazlow was the sidekick of Couzin Ed, whom he would almost always tease on-air.
* AdamWesting: Lazlow is written and voiced by real-life radio host Lazlow Jones, who delights in making his character as reprehensible as possible.
** Lazlow's collegue and friend, Couzin Ed, has a cameo in ''Vice City'' as the previous host of ''V-Rock'' who crank calls his replacement, Lazlow.
--->'''Ed''': "So you're calling me a "burnout," is that what you're saying?!"\\
'''Lazlow''': "Well, I heard you applied for this job with a resume written on [[TheStoner rolling papers]]. I mean, ''come on''!"\\
'''Ed''': "Oh yeah, and you sent yours in [[BribingYourWayToVictory hand-written calligraphy with a bouquet of flowers]]! That's not rock and roll, man!"
* TheAhnold: Many of the Jack Howitzer films are Schwarzenegger movie parodies, such as ''Film/{{Commando}}'' (''Evacuator Part II''; both are soldiers with their families kidnapped), ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' (''Annihilator'', possibly in name only) and ''Film/KindergartenCop'' (''Special Needs Cop'').
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: The ''Princess Robot Bubblegum'' anime on ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV's]]'' CNT, which parodies many JapaneseMediaTropes. There's also a trailer for a separate HumongousMecha show with an equally WordSaladTitle, ''Full Hickey Hurry Robo Mech Battlesuit''.
* AllNaturalSnakeOil: Waylon Mason, who appears on the ''Pacemaker'' segment of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV's]]'' liberal talk radio station Public Liberty Radio (PLR), promotes his "home remedies" and attacks the other two guests -- Sheila Stafford and Wilson Taylor, Sr. -- as agents of big pharmaceutical and insurance companies, respectively. The show ends with him giving both of them [[YourHeadASplode involuntary trepanations]] in order to remove the "demons that are controlling them."
* AlternateContinuity: Averted. Even as ''IV'' jettisoned the established canon and started from scratch, ''GTA Radio'''s continuity went on, with Lazlow making a return and several gags and characters from previous games (Love Fist, the Epsilon Program, Marvin Trill) being referenced. The radio is arguably the only point of continuity between the ''III'' canon and the ''IV'' canon.
* AsHimself: Lazlow and Couzin Ed, although the two are much friendlier in real life. Bas Rutten, though, is not much of an exaggeration.
* AttackOfThePoliticalAd: John Hunter and Michael Graves run these in ''IV''.
* BerserkButton: Jack Howitzer proves to be a very paranoid guest.
-->"I heard what you've been saying about me. You think steroids shrunk my genitals!"
* BestialityIsDepraved: Referenced and PlayedForLaughs. In ''Vice City'''s K-Chat, one of Amy's guests is Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy, an Australian biologist with an unusual love for animals. In ''San Andreas'' the CountryMusic station K-ROSE makes reference to it on some station [=IDs=].
-->"K-ROSE -- for when you spend more time with farm animals than your wife, you'll get a lonely heart and a nasty infection!" (Sound of goat bleeting)
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Parodied in ''Princess Robot Bubblegum''.
* BrickJoke: Due to the nature of the medium, which part is the setup and which is the punchline varies. On ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII III's]]''' ''Chatterbox FM'', a man calls in to talk about eating wildlife, especially pigeons. Some of them little notes attached "like fortune cookies". Later, a woman from anti-technology pressure group Citizens Raging Against Phones (CRAP) calls in, mentioning the difficulty of organizing meetings without phones, resorting instead to using carrier pigeons that mysteriously disappear for some reason.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Of a sort. StockFootage from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' (then still in development) is used in a Weazel News segment to stand in for [[{{Qurac}} the Middle East]].
* CantHoldHisLiquor: In ''TheLostAndDamned''...
-->'''Max Cavalera''': "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you]], Jimmy [Gestapo], you left puke all over the studio last night!"
* CastingGag: Mike Whitely, one of the more notable radio announcers of ''IV's'' Weazel News, is voiced by an actual radio veteran, John Montone of CBS' New York City-based 1010 WINS AM.
* CelebrityParadox: Axl Rose voices Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith in ''San Andreas's'' classic rock station K-DST, yet Music/GunsNRoses clearly exists in the game's continuity, since the song "Welcome to the Jungle" plays on modern rock station Radio X. Adding to the humor, Sage, the station's host whom Tommy publicly dislikes, claims to have slept with the entire band before ''Appetite for Destruction'' was released.
** Played with on The Beat 102.7 in ''IV''. The station features real-life Hot 97 [=DJs=] Funkmaster Flex, who claims Liberty as his hometown. Flex also implies that the universe's version of {{Nas}} is from Dukes.
* ClusterFBomb: Jimmy Gestapo, DJ of ''IV's'' LCHC (Liberty City Hardcore). Luke (voiced by the man of the same name from 2 Live Crew) on ''Vice City Stories''' Fresh 105 FM is this as well, as is Iggy Pop of ''IV's'' Liberty Rock Radio.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: At one point, ''The Wild Traveler'' receives a phone call from an obviously suicidal man.
-->'''Suicidal Man:''' "I'm gonna jump!"\\
'''James Pedeaston:''' "Yes, I know what you mean. Jump into the unknown! How can it be a sin if it feels good?"
* ConspiracyTheorist
** Marvin Trill, host of the ''Area 53'' segment of West Coast Talk Radio (WCTR) in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', a parody of ''CoastToCoastAM''.
** "John Smith" in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV's]]'' conservative talk radio We Know The Truth (WKTT), a parody of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic right-wing/libertarian]] {{conspiracy theorist}}s.
* ContractualPurity: InUniverse -- come ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', Jimmy, the precocious young star of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'''s ''Just the Five of Us'', has become a drunken mess.
* DeadlyGame: ''Liberty City Survivor'', advertised in ''III''. The ad, complemented with fan footage from ''IV'', can be listened to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwRera2ig9k here]]. Arguably the basis for ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}''.
* DeadpanSnarker: The female station announcer of ''San Andreas's'' WCTR seems to be this, particularly in ''WCTR News'' intros.
-->''(WCTR News #01):'' "Next up on WCTR -- the news. We tried to make it interesting and not depressing."
-->''(WCTR News #03):'' "Next up, we've got the news. This time, some of it's true! Who are we kidding?"
-->''(WCTR News #04):'' "Next up, it's sensationalist propaganda. I mean, the news."
-->''(WCTR News #06):'' "Is the world ending? We hope so -- we need the ratings. The news is next!"
* {{Defictionalization}}: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazlow Lazlow Jones]], radio scriptwriter for most GTA games from ''III'' onwards, has an actual XM radio show, in large part because of his [[ColbertBump resurgent popularity stemming from his involvement with the series]], including, but not limited to, hosting a radio show in each game. He directly references it in ''IV'', when he uses lines about remembering a time "when 16-year-olds could drink, smoke at bars, listen to heavy metal, and get into high-speed accidents" which was lifted directly from the opening to his show.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: ''San Andreas's'' [=DeKoch=] Ice commercial claims that "Diamonds can [[ItMakesSenseInContext chill that bitch out]]".
* TheDitz: Amy Sheckenhausen from ''Vice City's'' K-Chat fits this trope perfectly, flirting with her famous or attractive guests and, until the end of an interview, being completely oblivious to the fact that one of her guests was promoting [[BestialityIsDepraved bestiality]].
* TheDungAges: "A History of Liberty" from ''IV[='s=]'' in-game TV station Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) sees this trope applied from the [[TheColonialPeriod founding of America]] up to the [[TheGreatDepression early 20th century]]. This [[{{Mockumentary}} "documentary"]] also dabbles in AnachronismStew, having made mention of porno magazines, subways, roller coasters, convenience stores and a ProductPlacement or two inserted as being part of [[HollywoodHistory "American history"]] anywhere from decades to centuries before they became prolific.
* DumbassDJ: Most of 'em [=DJs=] count.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Republican Space Rangers are representatives from Type II {{Eagleland}}, [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]
* FakeBand: A staple in early ''GTA'' games, it was mostly dropped by the time ''III'' came around with all but two music stations (Head Radio and Lips 106) playing licensed music. In ''Vice City'', HairMetal parody band Love Fist had two original songs -- "Dangerous Bastard" and "Fist Fury" -- on V-Rock (the game's rock station), and Unaesta and Alpha Banditos had three on the Espantoso station, (Yo te mire by "Tres Apenas como eso" and "La vida es la un lenteja" by Unaesta and "The Bull Is Wrong" by Alpha Banditos). ''Liberty City Stories'' was the last game in the series to have original music.
* FictionalVideoGame: ''Vice City'' has commercials on its radio stations for the Degenetron game system, which features such titles as ''Defender of the Faith'' ("Destroy the blue dots with your powerful red square!"). In ''San Andreas'', they appear on retro arcade machines. You can't play them, but you can play the "emulator" on the [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalised]] [[http://www.rockstargames.com/degenatron/ Degenatron "fansite."]]
** ''III'' also has ads for ''Pogo the Monkey'', which is later referenced by a ''Pogo the Monkey'' arcade in the cab firm from ''Vice City''.
* FrivolousLawsuit: In ''San Andreas'', there is a news story of a man suing the Renaissance Fair because a replica catapult he purchased didn't have a label warning him not to fire it at his insurance agent's house, accidentally setting the entire neighborhood on fire.
-->"I don't wanna work very hard so I've hired a lawyer. I'm gonna be rich!"
* FunWithAcronyms
** ''III[='s=]'' anti-technology pressure group '''C'''itizens '''R'''aging '''A'''gainst '''P'''hones.
** From ''Liberty City Stories'', CRAP's predecessor '''C'''itizens '''U'''nited '''N'''egating '''T'''echnology '''f'''or '''L'''ife '''a'''nd '''P'''eople's '''S'''afety.
** Also from ''Liberty City Stories'', '''L'''iberty '''C'''ity '''F'''ree '''R'''adio (LCFR) -- as in "[[{{Satan}} LuCiFeR]]".
** In ''San Andreas'', '''B'''an '''I'''mmigration '''G'''reen Cards '''O'''utright '''T'''oday.
** In ''IV'', '''A'''sian '''S'''terotypes '''S'''icken '''F'''amilies, '''U'''nity, '''C'''ommunities and '''K'''arma.
** In ''IV: Episodes from Liberty City'', '''C'''ongressmen '''U'''nderstand '''M'''edieval '''G'''ames '''U'''ndermine '''L'''oving '''P'''arents.
* GenkiGirl: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] by Jenny, a guest on VCPR in ''Vice City''. She's all happy, upbeat and energetic because she was prescribed heavy anti-depressants ever since her family was gruesomely murdered.
* GratuitousEnglish: Pepe of GTAVC's Radio Espantoso.
* HangingJudge: Judge Grady, host of court show parody "Just or Unjust" segment of ''IV[='s=]'' right-wing talk station We Know the Truth (WKTT). The show's introduction has him fining a man a million dollars for "wasting the court's time," and he uses [[DuelToTheDeath duels]] and [[BloodSport gladiatorial combat]] between plaintiff and defendant as a means of settling disputes.
* HeyItsThatVoice: ''Tons''. The series has featured such people as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funkmaster_Flex Funkmaster Flex]], [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]], Creator/JulietteLewis, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_Yankee Daddy Yankee]], [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Campbell Luther Campbell (of [[Music/TwoLiveCrew 2 Live Crew]] fame)]], [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], Music/GeorgeClinton, [[Music/PublicEnemy Chuck D]], Creator/WilWheaton, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sly_and_Robbie Sly and Robbie]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Cee Mister Cee]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Premier DJ Premier (of Gang Starr fame, whose song "B.Y.S." was featured on ''San Andreas'')]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruslana Ruslana (2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner)]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_G Julio G]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Dick Andy Dick]] playing [=DJs=], talk show hosts, guests, and newscasters. There are also cameos by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick Kevin Mitnick]], once the most wanted computer hacker in America (who even made a ShoutOut to his former crimes and his current job as a security consultant), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opie_and_Anthony Opie and Anthony]] among others. In ''IV'', one Weazel News radio announcer is even voiced by a real-life AM radio veteran (see CastingGag above).
* {{Hipster}}: Parodied in ''IV[='s=]'' Indie-AlternativeRock radio station Radio Broker, complete with host Creator/JulietteLewis letting off some [[SelfDeprecation self-aimed barbs]].
* HostileShowTakeover: Pastor Richards and Jack Howitzer briefly take over the show by the end of their segments.
* HummerDinger: Parodied with the Maibatsu Monstrosity.
--> "I'm a single man who lives and works in the city, so, of course, I need a car that seats twelve and can cross Arctic tundra!"
* HypocriticalHumor: Donald Love's station ident.
-->"Our new satellite in [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] is something all Americans can be proud of."
* IAmNotSpock: ''Vice City's'' Claude Maginot, a [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra classically-trained actor]] who is incredibly dismayed about how he is best known as the star of the {{sitcom}} "Just the Five of Us", which he calls "commercial dross". In an interview on K-Chat, he tries to steer the subject toward his interpretive dance show, "In the Future, There Will be Robots", and breaks down into a rant when [[TheDitz Amy]] keeps trying to push the subject toward his show.
* IdleRich / UpperClassTwit: Many celebrities featured in ''IV'' are nothing more but directionless heirs with absolutely nothing to do but waste money on ostentatious stuff, such as Cloe Parker, Jill Von Crastenburg, January Natasha Vasquez and Samantha Muldoon, direct {{Exp|y}}ies of ParisHilton, Nicole Ritchie, KimKardashian and AngelinaJolie, respectively.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: In ''San Andreas'', [[TheAhnold Jack Howitzer]] accidentally shoots interviewer Billy Dexter, first host of WCTR's ''Entertaining America'' segment (he was replaced by Lazlow after a long hiatus). It's implied that he was sentenced to death after doing this. ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'' reveals that he was eventually paroled.
* InGameTV: Starting with ''IV''. In past games, there were also ads for various TV shows, although you couldn't watch them.
* KentBrockmanNews: All over the place, particularly ''San Andreas''' WCTR News and ''IV[='s=]'' Weazel News.
* LargeHam: Among others, most notable are Lazlow and radio news anchors Richard Burns (San Andreas) and Mike Whitely (IV).
* MedicalDrama: Parodied in ''IV'' with the ads for ''Medicate Me''.
* MerchandiseDriven: The film ''Dragonbrain'' in ''IV'', a parody of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies and especially [[FollowTheLeader their copycats]].
* MoodWhiplash: All stations in San Andreas have a completely different set of scripts and reactions that play [[spoiler: during the riots]]. Most of them are [[CerebusSyndrome deadpan serious]] though. K-DST's Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith even shows genuine concern for the citizens and urges them to try to stay out of harm's way. The scripts return to normal once it ends, and due to the open ended nature of the game, [[LostForever cannot be accessed again]] unless you start a new game and go through the whole story all over again.
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: Pet Stuffers... "for when you just can't let go."
** "And coming soon, [[RefugeInAudacity Grandparents Forever]]!"
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Nobody ever gets Lazlow's name right.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: One of the guests on ''Vice City's'' "Pressing Issues" is Barry Stark, a nudist whom Maurice keeps behind a screen (the other guests on the episode are TheFundamentalist Pastor Richards and soccer mom Jen Brown). When Barry insists on coming out from behind the screen, [[spoiler:Richards shoots him in the genitals and Jen faints]].
* NewMediaAreEvil: Parodied by Jen Brown, a guest from the ''Pressing Issues'' segment of ''Vice City Public Radio'' of ''Vice City'', where she expresses concern about how her son runs around looking for gold coins to steal.
** Also, according to ''San Andreas''' WCTR News, [=CDs=] are turning children into killers.
* NewNeoCity: Futurist Tokyo in ''Robot Princess Bubblegum''.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Mary-Beth Maybell of ''San Andreas's'' CountryMusic station K-ROSE.
-->'''Mary-Beth''': "That's the difference. I don't have ex-husbands, [[BlackWidow I just have a lot of widowers]]. I own a ''lot'' of black dresses. I ''love'' funerals; I get shit-faced every time..."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** Nurse Bob, host of the "Heartland Values" segment of ''Liberty City Stories''' LCFR, is a fairly ruthless parody of DrPhil.
-->"Now you just gotta [[RhymesOnADime get happy in that nappy you just got crappy]] in!"
** From ''Vice City's'' K-Chat, Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy is a transparent [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] parody with an unconventional "[[BestialityIsDepraved love]]" for animals. He is later removed from the studio by his doctor who reveals to Amy that he is just a mentally sick man and is dragged to a mental clinic. The game was released ''before'' Irwin's death.
** Similarly, Crow's single name, activism and love of tantric sex means he is likely a parody of rock star Sting. He used to be the lead singer of "[[ThePolice Ambulance]]" and describes his music as a "power pop reggae afro-beat".
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The lead actor in ''Dragonbrain'' provides a LampshadeHanging.
-->"I'm just a humble blacksmith with a Californian accent! How am I supposed to save the world and [[MerchandiseDriven sell franchise rights to theme parks]]?"
* NothingButHits: In ''Vice City'', ''San Andreas'' and ''Vice City Stories''.
* OddCouple: ''I Say/You Say'', a political debate show hosted by husband-and-wife team of Peyton and Mary Phillips. Peyton is a borderline communist while Mary plays the greedy capitalist. For example, when dealing with a caller who has recently buried corpses of illegal immigrants in his backyard, Mary advises him to use them to evade taxes while Peyton mentions recycling and organ donation. Their irreconcilable polarity inspired WCTR's station announcer to quip in the outro to their first segment...
-->"Boy, I can't imagine [[BelligerentSexualTension what those guys are like in the bedroom]], but I'm sure it's a bit like the [[BayOfPigsInvasion Bay of Pigs]]!"
* OnlySaneMan: Lazlow and his southern counterpart, Maurice. Over time, Lazlow became less of a StraightMan and was unmasked as something of an attention whore, whose current job on ''Chatterbox'' is [[LaserGuidedKarma richly deserved]].
* OurFounder: The "Salvation Statue Organization", which promises salvation (in the form of a radiation-proof giant living space/effigy of Richards) to all those who pay him large donations. He later reveals that he was actually planning on using the money to build himself a mansion in Hawaii.
* OwMyBodyPart: Pastor Richards snaps, and, disgusted by Barry Stark's nudism, pulls a gun on Stark and shoots him. Barry survives and "is in need of a proctologist".
* ParentalIncest: Played for laughs with Nurse Bob.
-->'''Nurse Bob''': "Now, remember what my daddy said: 'Don't you tell nobody about me coming in here at night!'"
** Dereck Thackery on ''The Tight End Zone''. He seems to be in deep denial about it.
* ParodyCommercial: The ads spoof loads of things, from trendy clothes to public service announcements.
* ParodyNames: Besides the aforementioned Schwarzenegger films, there is also:
##''[[TheThirdMan The Third Leg]]''
##''[[MichaelJFox The Secret of My Shortness]]''
##''[[TheMatrix The Mainframe]]'', which is fully lampooned on ''The Electron Zone'' and in ads.
--->"IMHO ''The Mainframe'' is the greatest movie ''of all time''! Partially because it's so close to reality, especially the robot that defecates, and the bit about [[KeanuReeves the dork]] that saves everyone!"
* PoliceProcedural: Parodied in ''IV'' with ''The Science of Crime'', complete with the tagline "It's forensically boring". Specific segments also parody ''Series/CSIMiami'', complete with an obvious [[CSIMiami Horatio Caine]] parody dropping [[QuipToBlack bad one-liners]] and noting how his acting "sucks ass", down to [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong an edited version]] of Music/TheWho's ''Won't Get Fooled Again'', down to its trademark BigYes. It has fifteen spinoffs, including ones in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]], [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Las Venturas]], Ohio, Djibouti, Fairbanks, Panama City and Santiago.
* RatedMForManly: The TV show ''The Men's Room'' in ''IV'', featuring [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan MMA fighter Bas Rutten (as himself) and his metrosexual co-host, Jeremy St. Ives]].
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "John Smith" in ''IV'''s DLC episodes.
* SchmuckBait: In ''IV'', just try visiting the [[{{Lolicon}} Little Lacy Surprise Pageant]] website. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gaC1aJIb6g We dare you.]]'' [[spoiler:You will get a message from the police telling you that the website has been shut down and that your IP address has been logged. Oh, and you get [[OhCrap a five-star wanted level]], with the police scanner mentioning "a sexual deviant attempting to access explicit images."]]
* SequelEscalation: ''[[GrandTheftAutoClassic GTA 1's]]'' tiny handful of radio stations had around three songs each. By the time the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'' saga rolls out, it had expanded to several hours' worth of licensed music, dedicated chat shows, celebrity [=DJs=], advertisements, websites and TV channels.
** This also extends to how the radio itself is implemented -- while a radio station in previous games was simply one long audio file, ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' stored songs, DJ chatter and commercials separately, allowing the game to randomize them. ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'' takes this even further, with a dynamic radio system that changes shows, songs, advertisements, DJ chatter and news [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything depending on the weather, time of day or how far along the storyline you are]].
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll
** Jimmy Gestapo, DJ of ''IV's'' punk station Liberty City Hardcore, rants at length about the extremely hard-drinking, hard-partying lifestyle that he feels punk ''should'' be. Also, [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]], DJ of ''IV's'' classic rock station Liberty Rock Radio, talks about how a lot of the best music was made on drugs, and bemoans the fact that fewer rockers nowadays use them.
** Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith of ''San Andreas''' classic rock station K-DST is fond of this trope as well. Hell, the station's identifications are all narcotic plays on its nickname of "The Dust".
-->'''Station ID''': "If the police can't stop you... (*police siren and gunshots*) you must be on... The Dust."
-->'''Station ID''': "When all your drinking friends have gone to rehab, we encourage you to stay on... The Dust."
** Sage of modern rock station Radio X very much counts as well.
-->'''Sage''': "I smoke! I smoke cigarettes, I smoke cloves, I smoke anything that can go up in flames! I'm crazy! That was Danzig. Slept with the whole band."
* ShoutOut: The Republican Space Rangers' suits are a pretty blatant Franchise/{{Halo}} reference.
* ShowWithinAShow: One of the most elaborate ever made, stretching across every game in the series.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Sage and Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith on their respective radio stations in ''San Andreas''.
* SpaceMarine: The Republican Space Rangers.
* StealthPun: "Fizz!", the celebrity gossip show from WKTT, the [[PoliticalStereotype right-wing]] talk radio station in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'' is hosted by Jane '''Labrador''', who mentions field correspondent Susan '''Retriever''' by name.
* StockFootage: Shots from ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' and ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' are used in the TV shows in ''IV'' when they have to represent places outside of Liberty City.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: Portrayed as Types 3 and 4.
* StrawmanPolitical: Many times, directed against both sides.
** Peyton (liberal) and Mary (conservative) Phillips, husband-and-wife hosts of the "I Say/You Say" segment of ''San Andreas''' WCTR, are a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Carville James Carville]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Matalin Mary Matalin]], political consultants of opposing beliefs who started dating (and eventually married) while working on behalf of BillClinton and GeorgeHWBush, respectively, during the 1992 Presidential elections.
** ''Vice City'' brings us Pastor Richards and Alex Shrub. The former is a {{corrupt|Church}} televangelist with [[SmallNameBigEgo an outsized ego]] who rails against moral degeneracy while keeping multiple mistresses and embezzling money from his church to build himself a mansion in {{Hawaii}}, according to a FreudianSlip. The latter is a SleazyPolitician who uses blatant spin to cover up Vice City's decline under his term, supports stripping away regulations and legalizing everything however dangerous it is, and calls for a ban on pornography while [[StrawHypocrite simultaneously engaging]] in [[CreepyCrossdresser cross-dressing]] and an affair with famous porn star Candy Suxxx.
** ''IV'' gives us Richard Bastion, a [[PatrioticFervor jingoistic]], mean-spirited conservative talk radio host who believes in establishing an American PoliceState and a psychopathic foreign policy (any similarities to RushLimbaugh and Sean Hannity [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial are purely coincidental]]), and Brandon Roberts, a left-wing actor whose progressive activism is strongly implied to be more about improving his public image than anything else (any similarities to GeorgeClooney and Sean Penn [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial are also purely coincidental]]). There's also John Hunter and Michael Graves, two gubernatorial candidates who spend more time [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd attacking each other]] than explaining their policies, to the point where it's tough to tell who represents which end of the political spectrum (other than their political allegiances -- Hunter a Democratic, Graves a Republican -- which are more like {{Informed Attribute}}s)... which makes them NotSoDifferent, reinforced by the fact that both sides accuse the other of supporting a retreat from TheWarOnTerror and are fiscal conservatives.
** In ''Episodes from Liberty City'' there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi9DuHmJYKw "John Smith"]], a parody of AlexJones and right-wing {{conspiracy theorist}}s in general. He entertains (and often voices) every single crazy conspiracy theory and bit of general paranoia and racism that his listeners phone in with, and only hangs up on an obvious neo-Nazi because he doesn't want to receive another fine. He also interviews Abigail Grayson, a CrazySurvivalist soccer mom with [[CloudCuckoolander extra emphasis on the "Crazy"]].
* StylisticSuck: The entirety of KGBH in ''GTA 2''. Its constant technical problems are PlayedForLaughs.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: ''Vice City's'' Amy Sheckenhausen, host of K-Chat, is a ditzy teen who gushes over her celebrity guests; they usually prove to be perverted or deranged or both. Her avatar in ''Liberty City Stories'' is Melissa Chowder of LCFR's ''Breathing World'', a hyperactive GranolaGirl. Weirdly, both girls end up interviewing Australians: Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy and Crow, respectively.
* TakeThatAudience: Independence FM, a station exclusive to ''IV's'' PC version that plays songs off from the player's computer, has station [=IDs=] that hint at the songs being stolen.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[RichBitch Alex Chilton]], one of the [[DatingSim girlfriends]] you can pick up in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'''s in-game Internet runs a blog. Whenever you take her out on a date, she blogs about what you did afterwards, including your "sexcapades".
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: After Jack Howitzer accidentally shoots Billy Dexter:
-->'''Jack:''' Oh, there's only one thing to do -- I gotta defend freedom! No time to cry, only time to die! <three gunshots> '''[[PatrioticFervor WELCOME TO THE LAND OF FREEDOM, BITCHES!!!]] ''YAAAAAAHHHHH!!!''''' <starts firing his gun into the air; the station then goes static>
* ThoseWackyNazis: Implied in the ''San Andreas'' commercial for "Herr Gruber's Spa".
-->'''Narrator''': "After running residential facilities in Germany, Switzerland and then Brazil..."
--> '''Herr Gruber''': "Haf you not read ze book? Strength good, veakness bad, ''badbadbad!''
* TookALevelInJerkass: Though he was fairly sympathetic in the beginning, Lazlow grows more loathesome in each incarnation.
* TrashCanBand[=/=]EverythingIsAnInstrument: ''IV'''s Banging Trash Can Lids For an Hour.
* ValuesResonance: Invoked InUniverse by the "Moorehead Rides Again" radio drama from [[GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories']] Vice City Public Radio (VCPR), a parody of hard-boiled {{Private Detective}}s such as ''MikeHammer''. While the show was said to have originally aired near the end of WorldWarTwo, back when [[RedScare fear of communism creeping into America]] is slowly giving way to the [[WitchHunt social nightmare that was McCarthyism]], it resonates with American sentiments around forty years later (i.e., 1984, the setting of the game), in light of intensifying tensions between America and the Soviet Union (one that began with the latter's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979), long before MikhailGorbachev came in and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the USSR dissolved]].
-->'''Moorehead:''' Before she was tragically killed, the daughter said her father was unarmed and never wore a gun. You know what that means?
-->'''Molly:''' Yes!
-->'''Moorehead:''' That's right, Molly -- [[ARealManIsAKiller means he's a sissy]]. I imagine when he hears his daughter is dead he'll cry.
-->'''Molly:''' [[MenDontCry What kind of a man cries]], Gordon?!
-->'''Moorehead:''' I don't know. One that loses wars, I think. Probably the kind of man who raises a $2 tramp for a daughter, Molly. A very ''sick'' individual... and probably a [[DirtyCommunists communist]].
-->'''Molly:''' I don't like to express strong emotions, but I think I ''hate'' this fisherman, Gordon!
-->'''Moorehead:''' Don't hate him, Molly -- pity him. [[KnightTemplar And help me kill him]].
-->'''Molly:''' [[LadyMacBeth Oh, I shall]]!
* VaporWear: Sage, host of ''San Andreas's'' Radio X, notes she has freed herself from the tyranny of society by not wearing underwear.
* VeryFalseAdvertising: World of Tomorrow warns that owning the latest and greatest technology can mean the difference between fulfilling your dreams... and not.
-->"Hey, I just won the Nobel peace prize!"\\
"I didn't upgrade my personal organizer, and two days later I was diagnosed with a terminal illness!" ''(hacking cough)''
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: A between-song banter by Tommy Smith:
-->"For those of you just coming to consciousness next to an ugly chick in a strange bed with beer cans and underwear across the floor, run the hell out and get to the clinic."
** And one of the promos on Bounce FM.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: A "Dragon Stance" cannot turn a desk into "two half-desks".
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Parodied in ''[[GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories']]'' "Bait and Switch" segment of Vice City Public Radio (VCPR).
-->'''Announcer:''' "''Bait and Switch'' -- Vice City's only radio show devoted to water sports, power boats, water skiing, free flounder fishing [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and dialectical]] [[DirtyCommunists materialism]]. Ugh, wrong script. Who wrote this shit?!"
-->'''Assistant:''' "Tits!"
-->'''Announcer:''' "Yeah, that's more like it. And tits!"
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: In order to explain why Lazlow appears in nearly every game since ''III'', the host has been fired from no less than six shows -- in three separate states.
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to:

->''"You're listening to ''Chatterbox'', hosted by me, Lazlow, with open ears and a closed mind."''

''GTA Radio'' is an extensive ShowWithinAShow within the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' universe. Although an [[EarlyBirdCameo early form]] existed in ''GrandTheftAutoII,'' it started when radio personality Lazlow Jones was hired to produce the radio shows for the series. Starting with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', he created a whole series of fake stations, with the only thing real being the music (either originally produced for the games or, more commonly, licensed). Otherwise, the commercials, [=DJs=] and shows are spoofs of those on actual radio (including where he spoofs ''himself'').

The variety of stations in each game alone is enormous, covering talk radio, rock, rap, electronica, country, reggae, dance, and others. The [=DJs=] are just as colorful.

In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', this even expanded to full TV shows and the Internet, parodying {{reality TV}}, FoxNews, Creator/{{PBS}}, talk shows, {{anime}}, {{friending network}}s, [[{{Ponzi}} get-rich-quick pyramid schemes]] and more.

Now included with [[{{Characters/GTARadio}} character sheet]] in the works.
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!!This Show in a Show provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: See CelebrityParadox below. Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith, host of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas']]'' classic rock station K-DST, complains about the plaid-wearing grunge rockers featured on the modern rock station Radio X, which his own voice actor -- Music/GunsNRoses vocalist Axl Rose -- was famous for wearing himself in real life.
** Earlier in Lazlow's and Couzin Ed's real life radio careers, Lazlow was the sidekick of Couzin Ed, whom he would almost always tease on-air.
* AdamWesting: Lazlow is written and voiced by real-life radio host Lazlow Jones, who delights in making his character as reprehensible as possible.
** Lazlow's collegue and friend, Couzin Ed, has a cameo in ''Vice City'' as the previous host of ''V-Rock'' who crank calls his replacement, Lazlow.
--->'''Ed''': "So you're calling me a "burnout," is that what you're saying?!"\\
'''Lazlow''': "Well, I heard you applied for this job with a resume written on [[TheStoner rolling papers]]. I mean, ''come on''!"\\
'''Ed''': "Oh yeah, and you sent yours in [[BribingYourWayToVictory hand-written calligraphy with a bouquet of flowers]]! That's not rock and roll, man!"
* TheAhnold: Many of the Jack Howitzer films are Schwarzenegger movie parodies, such as ''Film/{{Commando}}'' (''Evacuator Part II''; both are soldiers with their families kidnapped), ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' (''Annihilator'', possibly in name only) and ''Film/KindergartenCop'' (''Special Needs Cop'').
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: The ''Princess Robot Bubblegum'' anime on ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV's]]'' CNT, which parodies many JapaneseMediaTropes. There's also a trailer for a separate HumongousMecha show with an equally WordSaladTitle, ''Full Hickey Hurry Robo Mech Battlesuit''.
* AllNaturalSnakeOil: Waylon Mason, who appears on the ''Pacemaker'' segment of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV's]]'' liberal talk radio station Public Liberty Radio (PLR), promotes his "home remedies" and attacks the other two guests -- Sheila Stafford and Wilson Taylor, Sr. -- as agents of big pharmaceutical and insurance companies, respectively. The show ends with him giving both of them [[YourHeadASplode involuntary trepanations]] in order to remove the "demons that are controlling them."
* AlternateContinuity: Averted. Even as ''IV'' jettisoned the established canon and started from scratch, ''GTA Radio'''s continuity went on, with Lazlow making a return and several gags and characters from previous games (Love Fist, the Epsilon Program, Marvin Trill) being referenced. The radio is arguably the only point of continuity between the ''III'' canon and the ''IV'' canon.
* AsHimself: Lazlow and Couzin Ed, although the two are much friendlier in real life. Bas Rutten, though, is not much of an exaggeration.
* AttackOfThePoliticalAd: John Hunter and Michael Graves run these in ''IV''.
* BerserkButton: Jack Howitzer proves to be a very paranoid guest.
-->"I heard what you've been saying about me. You think steroids shrunk my genitals!"
* BestialityIsDepraved: Referenced and PlayedForLaughs. In ''Vice City'''s K-Chat, one of Amy's guests is Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy, an Australian biologist with an unusual love for animals. In ''San Andreas'' the CountryMusic station K-ROSE makes reference to it on some station [=IDs=].
-->"K-ROSE -- for when you spend more time with farm animals than your wife, you'll get a lonely heart and a nasty infection!" (Sound of goat bleeting)
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Parodied in ''Princess Robot Bubblegum''.
* BrickJoke: Due to the nature of the medium, which part is the setup and which is the punchline varies. On ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII III's]]''' ''Chatterbox FM'', a man calls in to talk about eating wildlife, especially pigeons. Some of them little notes attached "like fortune cookies". Later, a woman from anti-technology pressure group Citizens Raging Against Phones (CRAP) calls in, mentioning the difficulty of organizing meetings without phones, resorting instead to using carrier pigeons that mysteriously disappear for some reason.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Of a sort. StockFootage from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' (then still in development) is used in a Weazel News segment to stand in for [[{{Qurac}} the Middle East]].
* CantHoldHisLiquor: In ''TheLostAndDamned''...
-->'''Max Cavalera''': "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you]], Jimmy [Gestapo], you left puke all over the studio last night!"
* CastingGag: Mike Whitely, one of the more notable radio announcers of ''IV's'' Weazel News, is voiced by an actual radio veteran, John Montone of CBS' New York City-based 1010 WINS AM.
* CelebrityParadox: Axl Rose voices Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith in ''San Andreas's'' classic rock station K-DST, yet Music/GunsNRoses clearly exists in the game's continuity, since the song "Welcome to the Jungle" plays on modern rock station Radio X. Adding to the humor, Sage, the station's host whom Tommy publicly dislikes, claims to have slept with the entire band before ''Appetite for Destruction'' was released.
** Played with on The Beat 102.7 in ''IV''. The station features real-life Hot 97 [=DJs=] Funkmaster Flex, who claims Liberty as his hometown. Flex also implies that the universe's version of {{Nas}} is from Dukes.
* ClusterFBomb: Jimmy Gestapo, DJ of ''IV's'' LCHC (Liberty City Hardcore). Luke (voiced by the man of the same name from 2 Live Crew) on ''Vice City Stories''' Fresh 105 FM is this as well, as is Iggy Pop of ''IV's'' Liberty Rock Radio.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: At one point, ''The Wild Traveler'' receives a phone call from an obviously suicidal man.
-->'''Suicidal Man:''' "I'm gonna jump!"\\
'''James Pedeaston:''' "Yes, I know what you mean. Jump into the unknown! How can it be a sin if it feels good?"
* ConspiracyTheorist
** Marvin Trill, host of the ''Area 53'' segment of West Coast Talk Radio (WCTR) in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', a parody of ''CoastToCoastAM''.
** "John Smith" in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV's]]'' conservative talk radio We Know The Truth (WKTT), a parody of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic right-wing/libertarian]] {{conspiracy theorist}}s.
* ContractualPurity: InUniverse -- come ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', Jimmy, the precocious young star of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'''s ''Just the Five of Us'', has become a drunken mess.
* DeadlyGame: ''Liberty City Survivor'', advertised in ''III''. The ad, complemented with fan footage from ''IV'', can be listened to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwRera2ig9k here]]. Arguably the basis for ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}''.
* DeadpanSnarker: The female station announcer of ''San Andreas's'' WCTR seems to be this, particularly in ''WCTR News'' intros.
-->''(WCTR News #01):'' "Next up on WCTR -- the news. We tried to make it interesting and not depressing."
-->''(WCTR News #03):'' "Next up, we've got the news. This time, some of it's true! Who are we kidding?"
-->''(WCTR News #04):'' "Next up, it's sensationalist propaganda. I mean, the news."
-->''(WCTR News #06):'' "Is the world ending? We hope so -- we need the ratings. The news is next!"
* {{Defictionalization}}: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazlow Lazlow Jones]], radio scriptwriter for most GTA games from ''III'' onwards, has an actual XM radio show, in large part because of his [[ColbertBump resurgent popularity stemming from his involvement with the series]], including, but not limited to, hosting a radio show in each game. He directly references it in ''IV'', when he uses lines about remembering a time "when 16-year-olds could drink, smoke at bars, listen to heavy metal, and get into high-speed accidents" which was lifted directly from the opening to his show.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: ''San Andreas's'' [=DeKoch=] Ice commercial claims that "Diamonds can [[ItMakesSenseInContext chill that bitch out]]".
* TheDitz: Amy Sheckenhausen from ''Vice City's'' K-Chat fits this trope perfectly, flirting with her famous or attractive guests and, until the end of an interview, being completely oblivious to the fact that one of her guests was promoting [[BestialityIsDepraved bestiality]].
* TheDungAges: "A History of Liberty" from ''IV[='s=]'' in-game TV station Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) sees this trope applied from the [[TheColonialPeriod founding of America]] up to the [[TheGreatDepression early 20th century]]. This [[{{Mockumentary}} "documentary"]] also dabbles in AnachronismStew, having made mention of porno magazines, subways, roller coasters, convenience stores and a ProductPlacement or two inserted as being part of [[HollywoodHistory "American history"]] anywhere from decades to centuries before they became prolific.
* DumbassDJ: Most of 'em [=DJs=] count.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Republican Space Rangers are representatives from Type II {{Eagleland}}, [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]
* FakeBand: A staple in early ''GTA'' games, it was mostly dropped by the time ''III'' came around with all but two music stations (Head Radio and Lips 106) playing licensed music. In ''Vice City'', HairMetal parody band Love Fist had two original songs -- "Dangerous Bastard" and "Fist Fury" -- on V-Rock (the game's rock station), and Unaesta and Alpha Banditos had three on the Espantoso station, (Yo te mire by "Tres Apenas como eso" and "La vida es la un lenteja" by Unaesta and "The Bull Is Wrong" by Alpha Banditos). ''Liberty City Stories'' was the last game in the series to have original music.
* FictionalVideoGame: ''Vice City'' has commercials on its radio stations for the Degenetron game system, which features such titles as ''Defender of the Faith'' ("Destroy the blue dots with your powerful red square!"). In ''San Andreas'', they appear on retro arcade machines. You can't play them, but you can play the "emulator" on the [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalised]] [[http://www.rockstargames.com/degenatron/ Degenatron "fansite."]]
** ''III'' also has ads for ''Pogo the Monkey'', which is later referenced by a ''Pogo the Monkey'' arcade in the cab firm from ''Vice City''.
* FrivolousLawsuit: In ''San Andreas'', there is a news story of a man suing the Renaissance Fair because a replica catapult he purchased didn't have a label warning him not to fire it at his insurance agent's house, accidentally setting the entire neighborhood on fire.
-->"I don't wanna work very hard so I've hired a lawyer. I'm gonna be rich!"
* FunWithAcronyms
** ''III[='s=]'' anti-technology pressure group '''C'''itizens '''R'''aging '''A'''gainst '''P'''hones.
** From ''Liberty City Stories'', CRAP's predecessor '''C'''itizens '''U'''nited '''N'''egating '''T'''echnology '''f'''or '''L'''ife '''a'''nd '''P'''eople's '''S'''afety.
** Also from ''Liberty City Stories'', '''L'''iberty '''C'''ity '''F'''ree '''R'''adio (LCFR) -- as in "[[{{Satan}} LuCiFeR]]".
** In ''San Andreas'', '''B'''an '''I'''mmigration '''G'''reen Cards '''O'''utright '''T'''oday.
** In ''IV'', '''A'''sian '''S'''terotypes '''S'''icken '''F'''amilies, '''U'''nity, '''C'''ommunities and '''K'''arma.
** In ''IV: Episodes from Liberty City'', '''C'''ongressmen '''U'''nderstand '''M'''edieval '''G'''ames '''U'''ndermine '''L'''oving '''P'''arents.
* GenkiGirl: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] by Jenny, a guest on VCPR in ''Vice City''. She's all happy, upbeat and energetic because she was prescribed heavy anti-depressants ever since her family was gruesomely murdered.
* GratuitousEnglish: Pepe of GTAVC's Radio Espantoso.
* HangingJudge: Judge Grady, host of court show parody "Just or Unjust" segment of ''IV[='s=]'' right-wing talk station We Know the Truth (WKTT). The show's introduction has him fining a man a million dollars for "wasting the court's time," and he uses [[DuelToTheDeath duels]] and [[BloodSport gladiatorial combat]] between plaintiff and defendant as a means of settling disputes.
* HeyItsThatVoice: ''Tons''. The series has featured such people as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funkmaster_Flex Funkmaster Flex]], [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]], Creator/JulietteLewis, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_Yankee Daddy Yankee]], [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Campbell Luther Campbell (of [[Music/TwoLiveCrew 2 Live Crew]] fame)]], [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], Music/GeorgeClinton, [[Music/PublicEnemy Chuck D]], Creator/WilWheaton, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sly_and_Robbie Sly and Robbie]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Cee Mister Cee]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Premier DJ Premier (of Gang Starr fame, whose song "B.Y.S." was featured on ''San Andreas'')]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruslana Ruslana (2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner)]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_G Julio G]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Dick Andy Dick]] playing [=DJs=], talk show hosts, guests, and newscasters. There are also cameos by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick Kevin Mitnick]], once the most wanted computer hacker in America (who even made a ShoutOut to his former crimes and his current job as a security consultant), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opie_and_Anthony Opie and Anthony]] among others. In ''IV'', one Weazel News radio announcer is even voiced by a real-life AM radio veteran (see CastingGag above).
* {{Hipster}}: Parodied in ''IV[='s=]'' Indie-AlternativeRock radio station Radio Broker, complete with host Creator/JulietteLewis letting off some [[SelfDeprecation self-aimed barbs]].
* HostileShowTakeover: Pastor Richards and Jack Howitzer briefly take over the show by the end of their segments.
* HummerDinger: Parodied with the Maibatsu Monstrosity.
--> "I'm a single man who lives and works in the city, so, of course, I need a car that seats twelve and can cross Arctic tundra!"
* HypocriticalHumor: Donald Love's station ident.
-->"Our new satellite in [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] is something all Americans can be proud of."
* IAmNotSpock: ''Vice City's'' Claude Maginot, a [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra classically-trained actor]] who is incredibly dismayed about how he is best known as the star of the {{sitcom}} "Just the Five of Us", which he calls "commercial dross". In an interview on K-Chat, he tries to steer the subject toward his interpretive dance show, "In the Future, There Will be Robots", and breaks down into a rant when [[TheDitz Amy]] keeps trying to push the subject toward his show.
* IdleRich / UpperClassTwit: Many celebrities featured in ''IV'' are nothing more but directionless heirs with absolutely nothing to do but waste money on ostentatious stuff, such as Cloe Parker, Jill Von Crastenburg, January Natasha Vasquez and Samantha Muldoon, direct {{Exp|y}}ies of ParisHilton, Nicole Ritchie, KimKardashian and AngelinaJolie, respectively.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: In ''San Andreas'', [[TheAhnold Jack Howitzer]] accidentally shoots interviewer Billy Dexter, first host of WCTR's ''Entertaining America'' segment (he was replaced by Lazlow after a long hiatus). It's implied that he was sentenced to death after doing this. ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'' reveals that he was eventually paroled.
* InGameTV: Starting with ''IV''. In past games, there were also ads for various TV shows, although you couldn't watch them.
* KentBrockmanNews: All over the place, particularly ''San Andreas''' WCTR News and ''IV[='s=]'' Weazel News.
* LargeHam: Among others, most notable are Lazlow and radio news anchors Richard Burns (San Andreas) and Mike Whitely (IV).
* MedicalDrama: Parodied in ''IV'' with the ads for ''Medicate Me''.
* MerchandiseDriven: The film ''Dragonbrain'' in ''IV'', a parody of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies and especially [[FollowTheLeader their copycats]].
* MoodWhiplash: All stations in San Andreas have a completely different set of scripts and reactions that play [[spoiler: during the riots]]. Most of them are [[CerebusSyndrome deadpan serious]] though. K-DST's Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith even shows genuine concern for the citizens and urges them to try to stay out of harm's way. The scripts return to normal once it ends, and due to the open ended nature of the game, [[LostForever cannot be accessed again]] unless you start a new game and go through the whole story all over again.
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: Pet Stuffers... "for when you just can't let go."
** "And coming soon, [[RefugeInAudacity Grandparents Forever]]!"
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Nobody ever gets Lazlow's name right.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: One of the guests on ''Vice City's'' "Pressing Issues" is Barry Stark, a nudist whom Maurice keeps behind a screen (the other guests on the episode are TheFundamentalist Pastor Richards and soccer mom Jen Brown). When Barry insists on coming out from behind the screen, [[spoiler:Richards shoots him in the genitals and Jen faints]].
* NewMediaAreEvil: Parodied by Jen Brown, a guest from the ''Pressing Issues'' segment of ''Vice City Public Radio'' of ''Vice City'', where she expresses concern about how her son runs around looking for gold coins to steal.
** Also, according to ''San Andreas''' WCTR News, [=CDs=] are turning children into killers.
* NewNeoCity: Futurist Tokyo in ''Robot Princess Bubblegum''.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Mary-Beth Maybell of ''San Andreas's'' CountryMusic station K-ROSE.
-->'''Mary-Beth''': "That's the difference. I don't have ex-husbands, [[BlackWidow I just have a lot of widowers]]. I own a ''lot'' of black dresses. I ''love'' funerals; I get shit-faced every time..."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** Nurse Bob, host of the "Heartland Values" segment of ''Liberty City Stories''' LCFR, is a fairly ruthless parody of DrPhil.
-->"Now you just gotta [[RhymesOnADime get happy in that nappy you just got crappy]] in!"
** From ''Vice City's'' K-Chat, Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy is a transparent [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] parody with an unconventional "[[BestialityIsDepraved love]]" for animals. He is later removed from the studio by his doctor who reveals to Amy that he is just a mentally sick man and is dragged to a mental clinic. The game was released ''before'' Irwin's death.
** Similarly, Crow's single name, activism and love of tantric sex means he is likely a parody of rock star Sting. He used to be the lead singer of "[[ThePolice Ambulance]]" and describes his music as a "power pop reggae afro-beat".
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The lead actor in ''Dragonbrain'' provides a LampshadeHanging.
-->"I'm just a humble blacksmith with a Californian accent! How am I supposed to save the world and [[MerchandiseDriven sell franchise rights to theme parks]]?"
* NothingButHits: In ''Vice City'', ''San Andreas'' and ''Vice City Stories''.
* OddCouple: ''I Say/You Say'', a political debate show hosted by husband-and-wife team of Peyton and Mary Phillips. Peyton is a borderline communist while Mary plays the greedy capitalist. For example, when dealing with a caller who has recently buried corpses of illegal immigrants in his backyard, Mary advises him to use them to evade taxes while Peyton mentions recycling and organ donation. Their irreconcilable polarity inspired WCTR's station announcer to quip in the outro to their first segment...
-->"Boy, I can't imagine [[BelligerentSexualTension what those guys are like in the bedroom]], but I'm sure it's a bit like the [[BayOfPigsInvasion Bay of Pigs]]!"
* OnlySaneMan: Lazlow and his southern counterpart, Maurice. Over time, Lazlow became less of a StraightMan and was unmasked as something of an attention whore, whose current job on ''Chatterbox'' is [[LaserGuidedKarma richly deserved]].
* OurFounder: The "Salvation Statue Organization", which promises salvation (in the form of a radiation-proof giant living space/effigy of Richards) to all those who pay him large donations. He later reveals that he was actually planning on using the money to build himself a mansion in Hawaii.
* OwMyBodyPart: Pastor Richards snaps, and, disgusted by Barry Stark's nudism, pulls a gun on Stark and shoots him. Barry survives and "is in need of a proctologist".
* ParentalIncest: Played for laughs with Nurse Bob.
-->'''Nurse Bob''': "Now, remember what my daddy said: 'Don't you tell nobody about me coming in here at night!'"
** Dereck Thackery on ''The Tight End Zone''. He seems to be in deep denial about it.
* ParodyCommercial: The ads spoof loads of things, from trendy clothes to public service announcements.
* ParodyNames: Besides the aforementioned Schwarzenegger films, there is also:
##''[[TheThirdMan The Third Leg]]''
##''[[MichaelJFox The Secret of My Shortness]]''
##''[[TheMatrix The Mainframe]]'', which is fully lampooned on ''The Electron Zone'' and in ads.
--->"IMHO ''The Mainframe'' is the greatest movie ''of all time''! Partially because it's so close to reality, especially the robot that defecates, and the bit about [[KeanuReeves the dork]] that saves everyone!"
* PoliceProcedural: Parodied in ''IV'' with ''The Science of Crime'', complete with the tagline "It's forensically boring". Specific segments also parody ''Series/CSIMiami'', complete with an obvious [[CSIMiami Horatio Caine]] parody dropping [[QuipToBlack bad one-liners]] and noting how his acting "sucks ass", down to [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong an edited version]] of Music/TheWho's ''Won't Get Fooled Again'', down to its trademark BigYes. It has fifteen spinoffs, including ones in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]], [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Las Venturas]], Ohio, Djibouti, Fairbanks, Panama City and Santiago.
* RatedMForManly: The TV show ''The Men's Room'' in ''IV'', featuring [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan MMA fighter Bas Rutten (as himself) and his metrosexual co-host, Jeremy St. Ives]].
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "John Smith" in ''IV'''s DLC episodes.
* SchmuckBait: In ''IV'', just try visiting the [[{{Lolicon}} Little Lacy Surprise Pageant]] website. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gaC1aJIb6g We dare you.]]'' [[spoiler:You will get a message from the police telling you that the website has been shut down and that your IP address has been logged. Oh, and you get [[OhCrap a five-star wanted level]], with the police scanner mentioning "a sexual deviant attempting to access explicit images."]]
* SequelEscalation: ''[[GrandTheftAutoClassic GTA 1's]]'' tiny handful of radio stations had around three songs each. By the time the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'' saga rolls out, it had expanded to several hours' worth of licensed music, dedicated chat shows, celebrity [=DJs=], advertisements, websites and TV channels.
** This also extends to how the radio itself is implemented -- while a radio station in previous games was simply one long audio file, ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' stored songs, DJ chatter and commercials separately, allowing the game to randomize them. ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'' takes this even further, with a dynamic radio system that changes shows, songs, advertisements, DJ chatter and news [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything depending on the weather, time of day or how far along the storyline you are]].
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll
** Jimmy Gestapo, DJ of ''IV's'' punk station Liberty City Hardcore, rants at length about the extremely hard-drinking, hard-partying lifestyle that he feels punk ''should'' be. Also, [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]], DJ of ''IV's'' classic rock station Liberty Rock Radio, talks about how a lot of the best music was made on drugs, and bemoans the fact that fewer rockers nowadays use them.
** Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith of ''San Andreas''' classic rock station K-DST is fond of this trope as well. Hell, the station's identifications are all narcotic plays on its nickname of "The Dust".
-->'''Station ID''': "If the police can't stop you... (*police siren and gunshots*) you must be on... The Dust."
-->'''Station ID''': "When all your drinking friends have gone to rehab, we encourage you to stay on... The Dust."
** Sage of modern rock station Radio X very much counts as well.
-->'''Sage''': "I smoke! I smoke cigarettes, I smoke cloves, I smoke anything that can go up in flames! I'm crazy! That was Danzig. Slept with the whole band."
* ShoutOut: The Republican Space Rangers' suits are a pretty blatant Franchise/{{Halo}} reference.
* ShowWithinAShow: One of the most elaborate ever made, stretching across every game in the series.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Sage and Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith on their respective radio stations in ''San Andreas''.
* SpaceMarine: The Republican Space Rangers.
* StealthPun: "Fizz!", the celebrity gossip show from WKTT, the [[PoliticalStereotype right-wing]] talk radio station in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'' is hosted by Jane '''Labrador''', who mentions field correspondent Susan '''Retriever''' by name.
* StockFootage: Shots from ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' and ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' are used in the TV shows in ''IV'' when they have to represent places outside of Liberty City.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: Portrayed as Types 3 and 4.
* StrawmanPolitical: Many times, directed against both sides.
** Peyton (liberal) and Mary (conservative) Phillips, husband-and-wife hosts of the "I Say/You Say" segment of ''San Andreas''' WCTR, are a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Carville James Carville]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Matalin Mary Matalin]], political consultants of opposing beliefs who started dating (and eventually married) while working on behalf of BillClinton and GeorgeHWBush, respectively, during the 1992 Presidential elections.
** ''Vice City'' brings us Pastor Richards and Alex Shrub. The former is a {{corrupt|Church}} televangelist with [[SmallNameBigEgo an outsized ego]] who rails against moral degeneracy while keeping multiple mistresses and embezzling money from his church to build himself a mansion in {{Hawaii}}, according to a FreudianSlip. The latter is a SleazyPolitician who uses blatant spin to cover up Vice City's decline under his term, supports stripping away regulations and legalizing everything however dangerous it is, and calls for a ban on pornography while [[StrawHypocrite simultaneously engaging]] in [[CreepyCrossdresser cross-dressing]] and an affair with famous porn star Candy Suxxx.
** ''IV'' gives us Richard Bastion, a [[PatrioticFervor jingoistic]], mean-spirited conservative talk radio host who believes in establishing an American PoliceState and a psychopathic foreign policy (any similarities to RushLimbaugh and Sean Hannity [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial are purely coincidental]]), and Brandon Roberts, a left-wing actor whose progressive activism is strongly implied to be more about improving his public image than anything else (any similarities to GeorgeClooney and Sean Penn [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial are also purely coincidental]]). There's also John Hunter and Michael Graves, two gubernatorial candidates who spend more time [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd attacking each other]] than explaining their policies, to the point where it's tough to tell who represents which end of the political spectrum (other than their political allegiances -- Hunter a Democratic, Graves a Republican -- which are more like {{Informed Attribute}}s)... which makes them NotSoDifferent, reinforced by the fact that both sides accuse the other of supporting a retreat from TheWarOnTerror and are fiscal conservatives.
** In ''Episodes from Liberty City'' there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi9DuHmJYKw "John Smith"]], a parody of AlexJones and right-wing {{conspiracy theorist}}s in general. He entertains (and often voices) every single crazy conspiracy theory and bit of general paranoia and racism that his listeners phone in with, and only hangs up on an obvious neo-Nazi because he doesn't want to receive another fine. He also interviews Abigail Grayson, a CrazySurvivalist soccer mom with [[CloudCuckoolander extra emphasis on the "Crazy"]].
* StylisticSuck: The entirety of KGBH in ''GTA 2''. Its constant technical problems are PlayedForLaughs.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: ''Vice City's'' Amy Sheckenhausen, host of K-Chat, is a ditzy teen who gushes over her celebrity guests; they usually prove to be perverted or deranged or both. Her avatar in ''Liberty City Stories'' is Melissa Chowder of LCFR's ''Breathing World'', a hyperactive GranolaGirl. Weirdly, both girls end up interviewing Australians: Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy and Crow, respectively.
* TakeThatAudience: Independence FM, a station exclusive to ''IV's'' PC version that plays songs off from the player's computer, has station [=IDs=] that hint at the songs being stolen.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[RichBitch Alex Chilton]], one of the [[DatingSim girlfriends]] you can pick up in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'''s in-game Internet runs a blog. Whenever you take her out on a date, she blogs about what you did afterwards, including your "sexcapades".
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: After Jack Howitzer accidentally shoots Billy Dexter:
-->'''Jack:''' Oh, there's only one thing to do -- I gotta defend freedom! No time to cry, only time to die! <three gunshots> '''[[PatrioticFervor WELCOME TO THE LAND OF FREEDOM, BITCHES!!!]] ''YAAAAAAHHHHH!!!''''' <starts firing his gun into the air; the station then goes static>
* ThoseWackyNazis: Implied in the ''San Andreas'' commercial for "Herr Gruber's Spa".
-->'''Narrator''': "After running residential facilities in Germany, Switzerland and then Brazil..."
--> '''Herr Gruber''': "Haf you not read ze book? Strength good, veakness bad, ''badbadbad!''
* TookALevelInJerkass: Though he was fairly sympathetic in the beginning, Lazlow grows more loathesome in each incarnation.
* TrashCanBand[=/=]EverythingIsAnInstrument: ''IV'''s Banging Trash Can Lids For an Hour.
* ValuesResonance: Invoked InUniverse by the "Moorehead Rides Again" radio drama from [[GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories']] Vice City Public Radio (VCPR), a parody of hard-boiled {{Private Detective}}s such as ''MikeHammer''. While the show was said to have originally aired near the end of WorldWarTwo, back when [[RedScare fear of communism creeping into America]] is slowly giving way to the [[WitchHunt social nightmare that was McCarthyism]], it resonates with American sentiments around forty years later (i.e., 1984, the setting of the game), in light of intensifying tensions between America and the Soviet Union (one that began with the latter's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979), long before MikhailGorbachev came in and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the USSR dissolved]].
-->'''Moorehead:''' Before she was tragically killed, the daughter said her father was unarmed and never wore a gun. You know what that means?
-->'''Molly:''' Yes!
-->'''Moorehead:''' That's right, Molly -- [[ARealManIsAKiller means he's a sissy]]. I imagine when he hears his daughter is dead he'll cry.
-->'''Molly:''' [[MenDontCry What kind of a man cries]], Gordon?!
-->'''Moorehead:''' I don't know. One that loses wars, I think. Probably the kind of man who raises a $2 tramp for a daughter, Molly. A very ''sick'' individual... and probably a [[DirtyCommunists communist]].
-->'''Molly:''' I don't like to express strong emotions, but I think I ''hate'' this fisherman, Gordon!
-->'''Moorehead:''' Don't hate him, Molly -- pity him. [[KnightTemplar And help me kill him]].
-->'''Molly:''' [[LadyMacBeth Oh, I shall]]!
* VaporWear: Sage, host of ''San Andreas's'' Radio X, notes she has freed herself from the tyranny of society by not wearing underwear.
* VeryFalseAdvertising: World of Tomorrow warns that owning the latest and greatest technology can mean the difference between fulfilling your dreams... and not.
-->"Hey, I just won the Nobel peace prize!"\\
"I didn't upgrade my personal organizer, and two days later I was diagnosed with a terminal illness!" ''(hacking cough)''
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: A between-song banter by Tommy Smith:
-->"For those of you just coming to consciousness next to an ugly chick in a strange bed with beer cans and underwear across the floor, run the hell out and get to the clinic."
** And one of the promos on Bounce FM.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: A "Dragon Stance" cannot turn a desk into "two half-desks".
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Parodied in ''[[GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories']]'' "Bait and Switch" segment of Vice City Public Radio (VCPR).
-->'''Announcer:''' "''Bait and Switch'' -- Vice City's only radio show devoted to water sports, power boats, water skiing, free flounder fishing [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and dialectical]] [[DirtyCommunists materialism]]. Ugh, wrong script. Who wrote this shit?!"
-->'''Assistant:''' "Tits!"
-->'''Announcer:''' "Yeah, that's more like it. And tits!"
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: In order to explain why Lazlow appears in nearly every game since ''III'', the host has been fired from no less than six shows -- in three separate states.
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* ParodyCommercial: The ads spoof loads of things, from trendy clothes to public service announcements.
30th May '13 1:00:40 AM DragonQuestZ
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* IdleRich / UpperClassTwit: Many celebrities featured in ''IV'' are nothing more but directionless heirs with absolutely nothing to do but waste money on ostentatious stuff, such as Cloe Parker, Jill Von Crastenburg, January Natasha Vasquez and Samantha Muldoon, direct {{Exp|y}}ies of ParisHilton, Nicole Ritchie, KimKardashian and AngelinaJolie, respectively.



* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Many celebrities featured in ''IV'' are nothing more but directionless heirs with absolutely nothing to do but waste money on ostentatious stuff, such as Cloe Parker, Jill Von Crastenburg, January Natasha Vasquez and Samantha Muldoon, direct {{Exp|y}}ies of ParisHilton, Nicole Ritchie, KimKardashian and AngelinaJolie, respectively.
27th May '13 8:07:17 PM JIKTV
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** From ''Vice City's'' K-Chat, Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy is a transparent [[CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] parody with an unconventional "[[BestialityIsDepraved love]]" for animals. He is later removed from the studio by his doctor who reveals to Amy that he is just a mentally sick man and is dragged to a mental clinic. The game was released ''before'' Irwin's death.

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** From ''Vice City's'' K-Chat, Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy is a transparent [[CrocodileHunter [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] parody with an unconventional "[[BestialityIsDepraved love]]" for animals. He is later removed from the studio by his doctor who reveals to Amy that he is just a mentally sick man and is dragged to a mental clinic. The game was released ''before'' Irwin's death.
26th May '13 8:56:25 PM JIKTV
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** Jimmy Gestapo, DJ of ''IV's'' punk station Liberty City Hardcore, rants at length about the extremely hard-drinking, hard-partying lifestyle that he feels punk ''should'' be. Also, [[TheStooges Iggy Pop]], DJ of ''IV's'' classic rock station Liberty Rock Radio, talks about how a lot of the best music was made on drugs, and bemoans the fact that fewer rockers nowadays use them.

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** Jimmy Gestapo, DJ of ''IV's'' punk station Liberty City Hardcore, rants at length about the extremely hard-drinking, hard-partying lifestyle that he feels punk ''should'' be. Also, [[TheStooges [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]], DJ of ''IV's'' classic rock station Liberty Rock Radio, talks about how a lot of the best music was made on drugs, and bemoans the fact that fewer rockers nowadays use them.
26th May '13 8:13:46 PM JIKTV
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''GTARadio'' is an extensive ShowWithinAShow within the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' universe. Although an [[EarlyBirdCameo early form]] existed in ''GrandTheftAutoII,'' it started when radio personality Lazlow Jones was hired to produce the radio shows for the series. Starting with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', he created a whole series of fake stations, with the only thing real being the music (either originally produced for the games or, more commonly, licensed). Otherwise, the commercials, [=DJs=] and shows are spoofs of those on actual radio (including where he spoofs ''himself'').

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''GTARadio'' ''GTA Radio'' is an extensive ShowWithinAShow within the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' universe. Although an [[EarlyBirdCameo early form]] existed in ''GrandTheftAutoII,'' it started when radio personality Lazlow Jones was hired to produce the radio shows for the series. Starting with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', he created a whole series of fake stations, with the only thing real being the music (either originally produced for the games or, more commonly, licensed). Otherwise, the commercials, [=DJs=] and shows are spoofs of those on actual radio (including where he spoofs ''himself'').



* HeyItsThatVoice: ''Tons''. The series has featured such people as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funkmaster_Flex Funkmaster Flex]], IggyPop, Creator/JulietteLewis, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_Yankee Daddy Yankee]], [[SaturdayNightLive Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Campbell Luther Campbell (of 2 Live Crew fame)]], [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], GeorgeClinton, [[PublicEnemy Chuck D]], Creator/WilWheaton, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sly_and_Robbie Sly and Robbie]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Cee Mister Cee]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Premier DJ Premier (of Gang Starr fame, whose song "B.Y.S." was featured on ''San Andreas'')]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruslana Ruslana (2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner)]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_G Julio G]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Dick Andy Dick]] playing [=DJs=], talk show hosts, guests, and newscasters. There are also cameos by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick Kevin Mitnick]], once the most wanted computer hacker in America (who even made a ShoutOut to his former crimes and his current job as a security consultant), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opie_and_Anthony Opie and Anthony]] among others. In ''IV'', one Weazel News radio announcer is even voiced by a real-life AM radio veteran (see CastingGag above).

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* HeyItsThatVoice: ''Tons''. The series has featured such people as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funkmaster_Flex Funkmaster Flex]], IggyPop, [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]], Creator/JulietteLewis, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_Yankee Daddy Yankee]], [[SaturdayNightLive [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Campbell Luther Campbell (of [[Music/TwoLiveCrew 2 Live Crew Crew]] fame)]], [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], GeorgeClinton, [[PublicEnemy Music/GeorgeClinton, [[Music/PublicEnemy Chuck D]], Creator/WilWheaton, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sly_and_Robbie Sly and Robbie]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Cee Mister Cee]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Premier DJ Premier (of Gang Starr fame, whose song "B.Y.S." was featured on ''San Andreas'')]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruslana Ruslana (2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner)]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_G Julio G]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Dick Andy Dick]] playing [=DJs=], talk show hosts, guests, and newscasters. There are also cameos by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick Kevin Mitnick]], once the most wanted computer hacker in America (who even made a ShoutOut to his former crimes and his current job as a security consultant), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opie_and_Anthony Opie and Anthony]] among others. In ''IV'', one Weazel News radio announcer is even voiced by a real-life AM radio veteran (see CastingGag above).
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* DistractedByTheLuxury: ''San Andreas's'' [=DeKoch=] Ice commercial claims that diamonds can "[[ItMakesSenseInContext chill that bitch out]]".

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* DistractedByTheLuxury: ''San Andreas's'' [=DeKoch=] Ice commercial claims that diamonds "Diamonds can "[[ItMakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext chill that bitch out]]".



* HummerDinger: Parodied with the Maibatsu Monstrosity.

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* HummerDinger: Parodied with the Maibatsu Monstrosity.
--> "I'm a single man who lives and works in the city, so, of course, I need a car that seats twelve and can cross Arctic tundra!"
2nd May '13 12:56:17 AM DougSMachina
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* BrickJoke: Due to the nature of the medium, which part is the setup and which is the punchline varies. On ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII III's]]''' ''Chatterbox FM'', a man calls in to talk about eating wildlife, specifically pigeons with little notes attached. Later, a woman from anti-technology pressure group Citizens Raging Against Phones (CRAP) calls in, mentioning the difficulty of organizing meetings without phones, resorting instead to using carrier pigeons that mysteriously disappear for some reason.

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* BrickJoke: Due to the nature of the medium, which part is the setup and which is the punchline varies. On ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII III's]]''' ''Chatterbox FM'', a man calls in to talk about eating wildlife, specifically pigeons with especially pigeons. Some of them little notes attached.attached "like fortune cookies". Later, a woman from anti-technology pressure group Citizens Raging Against Phones (CRAP) calls in, mentioning the difficulty of organizing meetings without phones, resorting instead to using carrier pigeons that mysteriously disappear for some reason.
2nd May '13 12:54:31 AM DougSMachina
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* AsHimself: Lazlow and Couzin Ed, although the two are much friendlier in real life.
** Bas Rutten, though its not much of an exaggeration.

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* AsHimself: Lazlow and Couzin Ed, although the two are much friendlier in real life.
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life. Bas Rutten, though its though, is not much of an exaggeration.
2nd May '13 12:14:37 AM zero5889
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* BestialityIsDepraved: Referenced and PlayedForLaughs. In ''Vice City'''s K-Chat, one of Amy's guests is Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy, an Australian biologist with an unusual love for animals. In ''San Andreas'' the CountryMusic station K-ROSE makes reference to it on some station [=IDs=].
-->"K-ROSE -- for when you spend more time with farm animals than your wife, you'll get a lonely heart and a nasty infection!" (Sound of goat bleeting)



* CastingGag: Mike Whitely, one of the more notable radio announcers of ''IV's'' Weazel News, is voiced by an actual radio veteran, Jon Montone of CBS' New York City-based 1010 WINS AM.

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* CastingGag: Mike Whitely, one of the more notable radio announcers of ''IV's'' Weazel News, is voiced by an actual radio veteran, Jon John Montone of CBS' New York City-based 1010 WINS AM.
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