->''"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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[[folder:Radio Stations]]
!!!''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic Grand Theft Auto]]''
->'''Brooklyn Underground 77.7''' -- Trance, Techno, Jungle\\
'''The Fix FM''' -- Techno, Apartment\\
'''The Fergus Buckner Show FM''' -- Country\\
'''Head Radio FM''' -- Pop, Rock\\
'''It's Unleashed on 93.5 FM''' -- Alternative, Hard Rock\\
'''N-CT FM''' -- Hip Hop, Rap\\
'''Radio '76 (on 197.6 FM)''' -- Funk, Retro
!!!''Grand Theft Auto: London 1969/1961''
->'''Boosh Sounds'''\\
'''Groovy Baby'''\\
'''Monster Sounds'''\\
'''Blow Up Radio'''\\
'''Kaleidoscope'''\\
'''Out on Beat'''\\
'''Primary Performance'''\\
'''Radio Endora'''\\
'''Westminster Wireless'''
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII''
->'''Head Radio''' -- Electronic Music, Rock\\
'''Rockstar Radio''' -- Pop, Rock\\
'''KREZ''' -- Hip Hop, Rap\\
'''Lo-Fi FM''' -- Oldies, Pop\\
'''Futuro FM''' -- Dance, Jazz-Pop, Funk\\
'''Funami FM''' -- Drum and Bass Acid\\
'''Lithium FM''' -- Oldies, Dance\\
'''KING 130.7 (Rebel Radio)''' -- Punk Rock\\
'''Osmosis Radio''' -- Modern Dance\\
'''Heavenly Radio''' -- Jesus-Pop, Soft\\
'''KGBH''' -- Classic Rock
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''
->'''Double Clef FM''' -- Classical, opera\\
'''Flashback 96.6''' -- 1980s Pop\\
'''Game Radio FM''' -- Hip-hop\\
'''Head Radio''' -- Pop and adult contemporary\\
'''K-Jah''' -- Dub reggae\\
'''Lips 106''' -- Pop\\
'''MSX FM''' -- Drum and bass\\
'''Rise FM''' -- Trance\\
'''Chatterbox FM''' -- Call-in talk radio (first appearance by Lazlow [host] and Fernando Martinez [guest])
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''
->'''Emotion 98.3''' -- Power ballads (first chronological appearance of Fernando Martinez)\\
'''Radio Espantoso''' -- Latin music\\
'''Fever 105''' -- Dance\\
'''Flash FM''' -- 80s pop music\\
'''V-Rock''' -- Hard rock and heavy metal(hosted by Lazlow)\\
'''Wave 103''' -- New Wave\\
'''Wildstyle Pirate Radio''' -- 80s hip-hop and electro\\
'''K-CHAT''' -- Celebrity talk radio\\
'''Vice City Public Radio (VCPR)''' -- Talk radio, dominated by ''Pressing Issues'' political debate show hosted by Maurice Chavez
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''
->'''Bounce FM''' -- Funk and R&B\\
'''Contemporary Soul Radio (CSR) 103.9''' -- 90s R&B and new jack swing\\
'''K-DST''' -- Classic rock\\
'''K-Jah West''' -- Reggae\\
'''K-Rose''' -- Classic Country\\
'''Master Sounds 98.3''' -- Rare groove, songs sampled in hip-hop\\
'''Playback FM''' -- East Coast hip hop\\
'''Radio Los Santos''' -- West Coast hip hop and gangsta rap\\
'''Radio X''' -- 90s alt rock\\
'''San Fierro Underground Radio (SF-UR)''' -- house\\
'''West Coast Talk Radio (WCTR)''' -- Talk radio, divided into eight segments: ''WCTR News'', ''The Tight End Zone'' (sports), ''The Wild Traveler'' (travel), ''Entertaining America'' (showbiz; hosted by Lazlow after the original host, Billy Dexter, was accidentally killed on-air by Jack Howitzer at the end of the first segment), ''Gardening with Maurice'' (gardening), ''I Say[=/=]You Say'' (political debate), ''Lonely Hearts'' (love advice, hijacked by Fernando Martinez in the third segment) and ''Area 53'' (conspiracy theories)
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories''
->'''Double Clef FM''' -- Opera\\
'''Flashback 96.6''' -- 1980s Pop\\
'''Head Radio''' -- Pop and adul contemporary\\
'''K-Jah''' -- Reggae\\
'''The Liberty Jam''' -- Late 90s rap (original incarnation of ''III''[='=]s Game Radio FM)\\
'''Lips 106''' -- Pop\\
'''MSX 98''' -- Drum and Bass, Jungle\\
'''Radio del Mundo''' -- South Asian and Middle Eastern music\\
'''Rise FM''' -- 90s dance\\
'''Liberty City Free Radio (LCFR)''' -- Talk radio, divided into five segments: ''The Electron Zone'' (technology), ''Chatterbox'' (call-in talk show, hosted by Lazlow; his show would later take over the entire station in 2001), ''Heartland Values with Nurse Bob'' (counseling), ''Breathing World'' (spiritual enlightenment) and ''Coq o Vin'' (cooking)
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''
->'''Emotion 98.3''' -- Power Ballad\\
'''Espantoso''' -- Latin music\\
'''Flash FM''' -- 80s pop\\
'''Fresh 105 FM''' -- Oldschool hip-hop and electro(original incarnation of ''Vice City''[='=]s Fever 105)\\
'''Paradise FM''' -- Post-Disco\\
'''VCFL''' -- Funk and R&B\\
'''V-Rock''' -- Hard Rock and heavy metal (first chronological appearance of Lazlow)\\
'''Wave 103''' -- New Wave\\
'''Vice City Public Radio (VCPR)''' -- Talk show, divided into five segments: ''Pressing Issues'' (political debate; this segment would later take over the entire channel in 1986), ''New World Order'' (conservative-oriented foreign affairs and call-in talk radio), ''Bait and Switch with Larry Joe and Bobby Ray'' (fishing), ''Moorehead Rides Again'' (hard-boiled detective radio drama), and ''The Time Ranger'' (superhero radio drama)
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' + ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost and Damned]]'' + ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''
[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Radio stations ]]


->'''The Beat 102.7''' -- Contemporary hip-hop\\
'''The Classics 104.1''' -- Classic hip hop (''IV''-exclusive)\\
'''Electro-Choc''' -- Electro house and club hits\\
'''Fusion FM''' -- Jazz fusion (''IV''-exclusive)\\
'''[=IF99=] (International Funk)''' -- Funk and afrobeat (''IV''-exclusive)\\
'''JNR (Jazz Nation Radio) 108.5''' -- Jazz (''IV'' only)\\
'''The Journey''' -- Ambient, chillout (''IV''-exclusive)\\
'''K109 (The Studio)''' -- Disco\\
'''LCHC (Liberty City Hardcore)''' -- New York hardcore and crossover (''IV''), Extreme metal (''EFLC'')\\
'''Liberty Rock Radio 97.8''' -- Classic rock\\
'''Massive B Sound System 96.9''' -- Dancehall (''IV''-exclusive)\\
'''Radio Broker''' -- Alternative/indie rock\\
'''San Juan Sounds''' -- Reggaeton and Latin American music\\
'''Tuff Gong Radio''' -- Reggae and dub from the [[BobMarley Marleys]] (''IV''-exclusive)\\
'''The Vibe 98.8''' -- R&B (''IV''-exclusive)\\
'''Vladivostok FM''' -- Eastern European music (''IV'') Western European dance music (''EFLC'')\\
'''[=RamJam=] FM''' -- Reggae, dub (''EFLC'' only)\\
'''Self–Actualization FM''' -- Ambient and chillout (''EFLC''-exclusive)\\
'''Vice City FM''' -- 80s Pop (''EFLC''-exclusive; hosted by Fernando Martinez)\\
'''Independence FM''' -- User music (Exclusive for PC version)\\
'''Integrity 2.0''' -- Live talk radio (hosted by Lazlow) Unusually, in ''IV'' the station is not available from the start, it is unlocked after the bridges to Algonquin are opened\\
'''PLR (Public Liberty Radio)''' -- Liberal talk radio, divided into three segments: ''The Séance'' (call-in psychic), ''Pacemaker'' (healthcare debate) and ''Intelligent Agenda'' (political debate)\\
'''WKTT (We Know the Truth) 1066''' -- Conservative talk radio, divided into three (with two ''EFLC''-exclusive) segments: ''The Richard Bastion Show'' (call-in talk show), ''Just or Unjust'' (radio court), ''Fizz!'' (showbiz news), ''The Martin Serious Show'' (call-in shock jock, ''The Lost and Damned''-exclusive) and ''Conspire'' (conspiracy theories, ''The Ballad of Gay Tony''-exclusive)

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Television Shows -- CNT ]]


->'''''A History of Liberty City''''' Two-part historical documentary (second half is ''EFLC''-exclusive)\\
'''''I'm Rich''''' -- Celebrity reality show, based on ''Creator/{{MTV}} Cribs''\\
'''''The Men's Room''''' -- Low-brow men's chat show, based on ''Series/TheManShow''\\
'''''Princess Robot Bubblegum''''' -- Parody of {{seinen}} {{anime}} (''EFLC''-exclusive)

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Television Shows -- Weazel ]]


->'''''Republican Space Rangers''''' -- Saturday morning cartoon, parody of TheWarOnTerror (with ''EFLC''-exclusive episodes)\\
'''''The Serrated Edge''''' -- QVC-esque {{infomercial}} show selling knives\\
'''''Split Sides''''' -- Stand-up comedy\\
'''''Venturas Poker Challenge''''' -- Competitive poker program, that desperately tries to invoke MundaneMadeAwesome.
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''
->'''Prairie Cartel''' -- Alternative Rock\\
'''Truth[=+=]Soul''' -- Jazz, Funk\\
'''[=Deadmau5=]''' -- House\\
'''Ticklah''' -- Reggae and Dub\\
'''Alchemist''' -- Hip Hop\\
'''Tortoise''' -- Post-Rock (PSP/[=iOS=]-exclusive)\\
'''Anvil''' -- Heavy metal (PSP/[=iOS=]-exclusive)\\
'''DJ Khalil''' -- Hip Hop (PSP/[=iOS=]-exclusive)\\
'''[=SinoWav=] FM''' -- Traditional Chinese (PSP/[=iOS=]-exclusive)\\
'''Turntables on the Hudson''' -- Worldbeat (PSP/[=iOS=]-exclusive)\\
'''DFA''' -- Dance-Punk (PSP/[=iOS=]-exclusive)
!!!''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Radio Stations ]]


->'''The Blue Ark''' -- Reggae of various genres\\
'''Channel X''' -- Hardcore punk\\
'''East Los FM''' -- Mexican music \\
'''[=FlyLo=] FM''' -- Alternate electronic music and IDM\\
'''Los Santos Rock''' -- Classic rock\\
'''The Lowdown 91.1''' -- Classic soul\\
'''Non-Stop-Pop FM''' -- Pop\\
'''Radio Los Santos''' -- Hip hop\\
'''Radio Mirror Park''' -- Indie\\
'''Rebel Radio''' -- Country\\
'''Soulwax FM''' -- Techno and house\\
'''Space 103.2''' -- Funk and R&B\\
'''Vinewood Boulevard Radio''' -- Alternative Rock\\
'''West Coast Classics''' -- Oldschool West Coast hip hop\\
'''[=WorldWide=] FM''' -- Ambient and chillout\\
'''Blaine County Talk Radio (BCTR) 96.5''' -- Conservative talk radio, divided into three segments: ''Blaine County Radio Community Hour'' (conspiracy theories, hosted by Ronald "Nervous Ron" Jakowski), ''Beyond Insemination'' (agricultural advice), and ''Bless Your Heart'' (cooking and politics)\\
'''WCTR (West Coast Talk Radio) 95.6''' -- Liberal talk radio, divided into three segments: ''Chakra Attack'' (alternative medicine), ''The Fernando Show'' (current affairs, hosted by Fernando Martinez), and ''Chattersphere'' (call-in celebrity talk show, co-hosted by Lazlow and Michelle Makes)

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Television Shows -- CNT ]]


->'''''Fame or Shame''''' -- Exploitative talent show loosely based on ''Series/AmericanIdol'', ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' and ''Series/TheXFactor'', hosted by Lazlow\\
'''''Impotent Rage''''' -- Saturday morning cartoon, parody of ''Series/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' and [[BourgeoisBohemian limousine liberals]]\\
'''''Moorehead Rides Again''''' -- Animated hard-boiled detective show, based on the WorldWarII-era radio drama first heard on ''Vice City Stories''\\
'''''The Underbelly of Paradise''''' -- Crime documentary, hosted by Steven Haines ([[spoiler:replaced by Dave Norton after he is killed in Ending C]])

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Television Shows -- Weazel ]]


->'''''Jack Howitzer is Jack Howitzer in Jack Howitzer''''' -- Reality TV fame vehicle for the titular washed-up celebrity and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger {{expy}}\\
'''''Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force''''' -- Saturday morning cartoon, parody of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and the [[TheMoralSubstitute evangelical Christian media]]\\
'''''Republican Space Rangers''''' -- Returning from ''IV''

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Television Shows -- Web-only ]]


->'''''Princess Robot Bubblegum''''' -- Returning from ''IV''

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Films ]]


->'''''Capolavoro''''' -- Italian art film, parody of LeFilmArtistique\\
'''''The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain''''' -- Parody of dark British animation\\
'''''Meltdown''''' -- Thriller about the Great Recession, parody of Hollywood blockbusters [[spoiler: co-produced by Michael de Santa]]
[[/folder]]
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!!This Show in a Show provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Nobody ever gets Lazlow's name right.
* 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 real-life colleague and friend, Michael "Couzin Ed" Andrews, first appeared 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!"
** In ''San Andreas'', Forth Right MC, the self-righteous MalcolmXerox host of Playback FM, is voiced by Chuck D of Music/PublicEnemy, a band famous for its militant lyrics.
** In ''IV'', the host of Studio K109 is "DJ Karl", an arrogant eurotrash {{Cloudcuckoolander}} constantly ranting about fashion. He is voiced by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld.
* 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''.
-->'''Princess Robot Bubblegum:''' ''[Smiling]'' Oh-oh! Monster, monster, rapey time!
* 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.
** Although ''V'' suggests that this may in fact be the case, and that the changes for the lives of the radio hosts are simply less major than the changes in continuity for the rest of the world. Notably, Fernando Martinez states in ''V'' that he's an illegal immigrant, where as in the ''III'' continuity, he was from upstate Liberty, putting on a faux foreign persona.
* AnachronismStew: Although the radio does a good job of being strict when it comes to keeping to the years the games are set in, there are occasionally a few examples of this trope:
** Vice City uses [[MiamiVice Crockett's Theme]] which is possible as it was composed in 1984, but it didn't get a commercial release until 1987, one year after the events of Vice City.
** On Wildstyle, Mr Magic claims that he is playing a world premiere of "More Bounce to the Ounce", a song which came out in 1980.
** San Andreas also has two songs by IceCube which were released in 1993. In addition, both "It Was A Good Day" and "[[RageAgainstTheMachine Killing In The Name]]" were created in response to the 1992 LA Riots, [[spoiler: the GTA equivalent of which doesn't occur until the ending]].
** Episodes From Liberty City uses many songs created in 2009 despite taking place in 2008.
* AncientAstronauts: Mentioned occasionally by Nervous Ron in V when he mentions the "Anunnaki" mentioned by the Sumerians in their ancient tablets.
* AsHimself: Lazlow and Couzin Ed, although the two are much friendlier in real life. Bas Rutten, though, is not much of an exaggeration.
* AssShove: A caller leaves a message on Ron Jakowski's radio show that he followed his advice on preparing for an alien invasion by storing various rations in his ass.[[labelnote:*]]Items include a pound of rice, two energy bars, a commemorative plate, a tiny saw, a deck of cards, a tiny radio, loose change, a prophylactic, a masonry bit, a first-aid kit, a nudie magazine, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, a copy of his medical records, and a mammogram pillow.[[/labelnote]]
* AttackOfThePoliticalAd: John Hunter and Michael Graves run these in ''IV'', as do Jock Cranley and Sue Murry in ''V''.
* 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 -- because if you spend more time with farm animals than your wife, you'll have a lonely heart and a nasty infection! ''[Sound of goat bleating]''
** In ''IV'', one of the commercial spots for call-in psychic show "The Séance" has this spiel from host Beatrix Fontaine:
--->Find out if you're going to die. Or make love. Or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs die making love]] [[BreadEggsMilkSquick with a horse]].
** ''V'''s ''Beyond Insemination'' has Duane Earl getting getting a call from a guy who wants advice on cows so he can jerk off to them more easily. Earl is [[EveryoneHasStandards outraged at this]] and complains about his show attracting sexual deviants.
** One of ''V'''s commercials for Pißwasser lager takes this trope UpToEleven, showing an obviously drunken man implicitly ''raping a pig''.
* {{Bishonen}}: Parodied in ''Princess Robot Bubblegum'' with the blind swordsman, to the point where he even has a effeminate-sounding voice.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Parodied in ''Princess Robot Bubblegum''.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Averted to the point of parody in ''Princess Robot Bubblegum''. The blind swordsman can only manage to hit [[StealthPun a handicapped sign]] with his {{BFS}}.
* 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, noting that some of them have "little notes attached, like a fortune cookie with wings". 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.
** Another part of the show has a disturbed British immigrant calling in to tell Lazlow about how he was spanked by his nanny as a child and that he needs one again because he's "been a very naughty boy". A few minutes later, a woman calls to complain about [[NewMediaAreEvil video games warping children's minds]], mentioning that she's told her hired nanny not to allow her kid to play games while she's out - the very next caller is the British man again, still going on about nannies for five seconds before Lazlow cuts him off.
** Also on ''III'' a caller calls Lazlow about Killer Bees and on ''LCFR'' a caller who is disgusted about honey because it contains "bee shit" warns Lazlow about the killer bees.
* ButtMonkey
** On a human level, we've got plenty to choose from GTA Radio's LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, but Lazlow takes the cake.
** On a national level, Australia gets this treatment, mostly as a dig to its infamous censorship laws (of which both the ''III'' and ''IV'' sagas were affected, due to the presence of prostitution). With the loosening of restrictions by the time ''V'' rolls out, however, the mockery is somewhat relaxed in favor of turning to France for national jokes.
* 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]].
* TheCameo: Some celebrities have made short appearances on the radio, such as [[Music/CypressHill B-Real]] voicing a station ident on Radio Los Santos in SA, or BustaRhymes calling into The Beat in EFLC.
* 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?
** Ron in his show tends to take his submitted messages out of context to fuel his InsaneTrollLogic. One example is him interpreting a message from a guy performing South American rituals that involves the killing of virgins to better fit with his Illuminati bank theories.
* ConspiracyKitchenSink: This is the world according to Ron Jakowski in ''V'''s "Blaine County Radio Community Hour" segment of BCTR, and even calling it that is quite an understatement.
* ConspiracyTheorist:
** Marvin Trill, host of the ''Area 53'' segment of West Coast Talk Radio (WCTR) in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', a parody of ''Radio/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.
** Continued in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV V]]'' with Ron's Blaine County Radio Community Hour podcast, focusing on DavidIcke-style [[TheReptilians Lizard People]] conspiracies and "Big Pharma."
* ConceptsAreCheap: {{Parodied|Trope}} when a guy by the name of "Jeff" calls in, advertising a rally at Liberty City Park. However, when the show's host asks what the rally's actually about, Jeff responds with an escalation of otherwise meaningless phrases and appeals, including "for justice", "for the future", and "for hope". The host continues asking, only to be met with more cheap concepts and pleas for attendance, until it turns out the guy doesn't know what it's about.
* 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.
* ContinuityNod: Sometimes tiny off-hand mentions get expanded upon later. In ''GTA III'' Lazlow mentions he started hosting talk radio after he got kicked off the rock station, and comments to one caller that his show isn't Gardening with Maurice. In ''Vice City'' he is indeed hosting the rock station, and the soundtrack album for that station has a bonus track which tells what exactly Lazlow did that got him fired. As for Gardening with Maurice, that is on the air in ''San Andreas''.
* CrossOver: [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Carl Brutananadilewski]] calls [=FlyLo=] FM to complain about the music.
* 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: Lianne Forget, anchor of ''San Andreas'''s WCTR News, doubles as announcer to show titles, and she snarks quite a lot there, particularly in 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!
* 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.
* {{Fanservice}}: Parodied and lampshaded as much as possible in ''Princess Robot Bubblegum''.
-->'''Master Hentai:''' Remember your training... Submitting to bizarre male fantasies of women in a [[BlatantLies completely non-misogynistic and sexually healthy way]]!
* 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''.
*** 'IV" advertises a "Civil Service Simulator" which encourages the player to favor big business over minorities.
* FollowTheLeader: Thanks to the success of GTA Radio, most open world crime games now include car radios which play licensed music, whether through a radio format (SaintsRow, SleepingDogs) or a playlist ([[TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA True Crime]]). Even [[ForzaMotorsport Forza Horizon]] and its sequel uses a radio system.
* 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 ''Vice City'', '''C'''onsider '''O'''ur '''K'''ids '''E'''veryday.
** 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'''tereotypes '''S'''icken '''F'''amilies, '''U'''nity, '''C'''ommunities and '''K'''arma.
** In ''IV: Episodes from Liberty City'', '''C'''itizens '''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.
* GenreShift: Vladivostok FM went from playing a variety of Eastern European music in IV to playing Western HouseMusic in EFLC, making the name of the station an ArtifactTitle.
* 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.
* {{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.
** Also done in the last segment of "Lonely Hearts" in ''San Andreas'' by none other than Fernando Martinez.
* HummerDinger: Parodied with the Maibatsu Monstrosity.
-->I live alone, so of course, I needed a car that seats twelve and is equipped to drive across Arctic tundra!\\
So what if it only gets 3 miles to the gallon? I'm a mom, not a conservationist!
* HypocriticalHumor: Donald Love's station ident.
-->Our new satellite in [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] is something all Americans can be proud of.
* IAmAHumanitarian: Strongly implied by Jerry, the very first caller on Ron's show, complete with namecalling the actual TropeNamer for "NoPartyLikeADonnerParty".
-->'''Jerry:''' Some liberal doctor gonna tell me I have diabetes? I call bullshit! Goddamn liar, I eat what I want, motherfucker! Just like my great-grand-pappy. He was in the Donner Party! Now that's some American ingenuity right there!
* IAmNotSpock: In-Universe. ''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, Samantha Muldoon and Kerry [=McIntosh=], direct {{Exp|y}}ies of Nicole Ritchie, ParisHilton, KimKardashian, Music/{{Madonna}} and breakdown-era Music/BritneySpears, 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.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Ron Jakowski's stock in trade. At one point, he's convinced that Pluto no longer "being" a planet is a conspiracy, believing that this indicates the government [[{{Unperson}} either purged it from existence or destroyed it]].
* 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).
** LargeHamRadio
* MedicalDrama: Parodied in ''IV'' with the ads for ''Medicate Me''.
* MediumAwareness: Played with; Ron's paranoia has convinced him that the instant you "open an account", a virtual cyberspace replica of yourself, who you must continuously level up and buy stuff for, is created, and there's even a doppelganger of himself out there somewhere. Rather than discussing ''V'''s Online Mode, though, he thinks this what happens when you invest with a bank.
** ''Meltdown''. Dear God, ''[[BetterThanABareBulb Meltdown]]''.
* MerchandiseDriven
** The film ''Dragonbrain'' in ''IV'', a parody of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies and especially [[FollowTheLeader their copycats]].
** Heavily and mercilessly parodied and lampshaded in ''Princess Robot Bubblegum''. The end of the second episode lists all the merchandise based off the series.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Lampshaded by Ron when he tries to explain the low bee population with a tangent about getting a semen sample from a horse and giving TooMuchInformation about it.
* 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]]!"
* 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]].
** ''III'' has a nudist caller on Chatterbox FM.
* NetworkDecay: InUniverse: In ''The Lost and Damned'' Liberty City Hardcore has started playing extreme metal instead of hardcore punk, though the ident at the beginning of the radio stream implies that it's a show on LCHC.
* 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.
** ''Liberty City Stories''[='=]s [[FunWithAcronyms Citizens United Negating Technology For Life And People's Safety]] takes this and the MoralGuardian trope to its logical extreme.
* 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".
** Bobbi June, the uber-Southern host of the cooking show ''Bless Your Heart'' in ''V'', is a vicious parody of Paula Deen.
** Also from ''V'', Hugh Harrison and Anita Mendoza, two of the three smarmy judges of the talent search TV show ''Fame or Shame'', are obviously based on Simon Cowell and Creator/PaulaAbdul, respectively. Lazlow's job as the host of the show is also reminiscent of Ryan Seacrest.
* NostalgiaFilter: Samantha Muldoon's song "I Like Things Just the Way They Are" in ''V'' is a DeconstructiveParody of this trope, particularly its use in contemporary (late '00s/early '10s) CountryMusic. It attempts to invoke Type 1 {{Eagleland}} with its idealization of EverytownAmerica, but instead becomes the very definition of Type 2 with its display of all manner of viciously bigoted sentiments.
* 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]]?
* NoIndoorVoice: Dr. Ray [=DeAngelo=] Harris doesn't seem to think of anything related to silence whenever he talks.
* NothingButHits
** In ''Vice City'', ''San Andreas'', and ''Vice City Stories''. However, it's averted in ''III'', ''Liberty City Stories'', and the HD-era games, where Rockstar went out of their way to get independent/underground artists for many stations, as well as using original music for some stations in ''III''. The classic rock and oldies stations, of course, are a justified example; even in ''III'', Flashback FM's playlist was composed entirely of songs from the ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' soundtrack.
** This is lampshaded by the bumpers for Non-Stop-Pop FM in ''V'', which is composed of pop hits from TheEighties through the TurnOfTheMillennium, saying that it's the music that will last forever. Even then, though, it's an aversion of sorts, as its playlist includes a number of artists who have already faded into obscurity (does anybody remember Amerie? Mis-Teeq? All Saints?).
* NutritionalNightmare: All the food Bobbi June cooks and bakes in her show ''Bless Your Heart''.
* 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 Vice City counterpart, Maurice Chavez. Over time, Lazlow became less of a StraightMan and was unmasked as something of an attention whore, whose current job on ''Chatterbox'' in ''V'' 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 [[Creator/KeanuReeves the dork]] that saves everyone!"
* PhonyPsychic: ''IV'''s "The Séance" segment in left-leaning Public Liberty Radio (PLR) is strongly implied to be nothing more but a vessel for the show's host, Beatrix Fontaine, to embezzle money from callers. Fontaine herself is also implied to be a former Romanian prostitute who slept her way to a radio slot.
* 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 Horatio Caine parody dropping [[QuipToBlack bad one-liners]] and noting how his acting "sucks ass", down to a barely-disguised version of Music/TheWho's ''Won't Get Fooled Again'' and 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.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Fernando Martinez's show on WCTR in ''V'' is heavily constrained by this, as the station's standards department forces him to cover up his lecherous LatinLover attitude and run a dull political/current events talk show. Going by his frequent {{Freudian slip}}s, it's not working.
* ProductPlacement
** From IV onwards, many radio stations have been based on real stations right down to their DJ's. Examples include [[http://www.massiveb.com Massive B Soundsystem 96.9]], Tuff Gong Radio (Which exclusively plays music by BobMarley and his sons) and V's [[{{Soulwax}} Soulwax FM]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Lotus FlyLo FM]].
** InUniverse, the characters of Moorhead Rides Again all smoke Redwood Cigarettes and the show takes every opportunity it can to remind us of this.
* 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.
* SadBattleMusic: This can happen depending on what happens to be playing on the radio, most notably some of the songs on Emotion 98.3.
* 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."]]
* {{Sellout}}: In the five years between ''IV'' and ''V'', Samantha Muldoon has gone from a Music/{{Madonna}} {{expy}} known for adopting foreign children and flaky religious beliefs to a right-wing {{country|Music}} singer. Apart from a CreatorBreakdown, it's strongly implied that her switch in genre and politics was motivated by nothing more than [[OnlyInItForTheMoney money and pandering to the conservative, country-listening demographic]] that spares no expenses in buying whatever they want, even as America is still reeling from the recession.
* 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.
** In addition to his wild, likely drug-induced mood swings, Hans Oberlander of house music station SF-UR frequently references his habits between songs:
--->'''Hans''': It's getting dark out there. Kind of like in my lungs. Come, we party for ten more years, then we all go to rehab. Cool?\\
'''Hans''': Has that dealer turned up yet? Where is he? Andreas? Andreas, where are you?\\
'''Hans''': Daddy, please, don't make me go to rehab, I beg you! Everyone takes these pills, it looks worse than it is! YOU! Okay, I learned it from watching you!
** Direct references aside, Boy Sanchez' (of Rise FM circa ''Liberty City Stories'') speech patterns sound like he's high while on the air.
--->'''Boy Sanchez''': I hope you're all having fun out there, but not as much fun as me. In here, by myself, with a plate full of drugs...again.
* ShapedLikeItself: Quoth a possible serial killer who calls in to BCR's Community Hour:
-->"H-hi, Ron! Yer show is great! I listen t' it when I'm out metal detectin'! 'Case y' don't know, metal detectin' is huntin' fer metallic objects... usin' a detector? I find all kinds a' stuff! Mostly made a' metal."
* ShoutOut: The Republican Space Rangers' suits are a pretty blatant Franchise/{{Halo}} reference. An actual Halo Installation appears in one episode.
** Flashback FM in III has Toni mentions that she once woke up on the DuranDuran tour bus. This is only in the radio preview as the final version has the name of the band covered in static for a second. Interestingly, in addition to being mentioned by name in Vice City and aside from a DummiedOut song (Serious) in V, DuranDuran has never had a song in a GTA game.
* ShowWithinAShow: One of the most elaborate ever made, stretching across every game in the series and multiple (in-universe) media.
* ShownTheirWork: As mentioned above, Anunnaki from Sumerian mythology is part of real-world lore regarding AncientAstronauts.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Sage and Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith on their respective radio stations in ''San Andreas''.
* SpaceMarine: The Republican Space Rangers.
* StandardSnippet: Averted on Double Clef FM, which avoids the obvious classical songs for the most part.
* 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.
** The foreign film in ''V'' uses character models and set pieces from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: Portrayed as Types 3 and 4.
* StrawmanPolitical: Many times, directed against both sides.
** ''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, going by his {{Freudian slip}}s, keeping multiple mistresses and embezzling money from his church to build himself a mansion in Hawaii (any similarities to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Bakker Jim Bakker]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Swaggart Jimmy Swaggart]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial are purely coincidental]]). The latter is a thinly-veiled TakeThat at "Reaganomics", an empty suit who uses [[SleazyPolitician blatant spin]] to cover up Vice City's decline under his term, supports stripping away regulations and legalizing dangerous consumer products proven to kill their users, and calls for a ban on pornography while [[StrawHypocrite simultaneously engaging]] in [[CreepyCrossdresser cross-dressing]] and an affair with famous porn star Candy Suxxx.
** ''San Andreas'' has Peyton (liberal) and Mary (conservative) Phillips, husband-and-wife hosts of WCTR's "I Say/You Say" segment, 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 UsefulNotes/BillClinton and [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George H.W. Bush]], respectively, during the 1992 Presidential elections.
** ''IV'' gives us Richard Bastion, a [[PatrioticFervor jingoistic]], mean-spirited conservative talk radio host who believes in establishing an American PoliceState and pursuing a psychopathic foreign policy (any similarities to Radio/RushLimbaugh and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Hannity 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 Creator/GeorgeClooney and Sean Penn [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial are also purely coincidental]]). The TV, meanwhile, gives us the cartoon ''Republican Space Rangers'', a parody of right-wing American jingoism, TheWarOnTerror, and conservative stereotypes of liberals (especially in the episode "Homecoming", where [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything aliens have literally taken over America and are systematically destroying its values]]). Finally, there's 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 (apart from professed allegiances -- Hunter a Democrat, Graves a Republican -- which seem 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.
** In ''Episodes from Liberty City'' there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi9DuHmJYKw "John Smith"]], a parody of Radio/AlexJones and right-wing {{conspiracy theorist}}s in general. He entertains, and often voices, [[ConspiracyKitchenSink every single crazy conspiracy theory]] and bit of general paranoia and racism his listeners phone in with, and only hangs up on an obvious neo-Nazi not because [[EveryoneHasStandards he has any standards]], but because he doesn't want another fine -- the keyword being "another", implying that this has happened before, which speaks volumes about his target audience. He also interviews Abigail Grayson, a CrazySurvivalist soccer mom with [[CloudCuckoolander extra emphasis on the "Crazy"]].
** ''V'' continues this tradition with Jock Cranley and Sue Murry, the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor of San Andreas, respectively. And just like Hunter and Graves before them, [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd they spend time attacking each other in campaign ads]], but this time they at least care enough to explain their agendas (which brutally parodies extremes of the American political spectrum). Also, as seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smqKPeuc_Cg this trailer]], cartoons airing include ''Impotent Rage'', a parody of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' and the [[BourgeoisBohemian "limousine liberal"]] stereotype, and ''Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force'', a parody of [[MoralGuardians conservative Christian]] [[TheMoralSubstitute Moral Substitutes]] and the Religious Right in the vein of ''Series/PowerRangers'', both parodying hypocritical moralizing on both sides. There's also a new episode of ''Republican Space Rangers'' that acts as a TakeThat towards the Tea Party movement.
* StylisticSuck
** The entirety of KGBH in ''GTA 2''. Its constant technical problems are PlayedForLaughs.
** In ''Vice City Stories'' the public radio station has a couple of old radio plays from the 1930s and 40s which take the [[DeliberateValuesDissonance sexism and racism of the era]] UpToEleven. The host even apologizes for them and explains that they are only playing them because they didn't have the budget to fill the airtime with all original content, and are forced to fill the time with old public domain radio plays.
* SummerBlockbuster: The film ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vDu2se24TA Meltdown]]'' in ''V'' is a scathing parody of both these sorts of films (especially ''Film/WallStreet'' and, to a lesser extent, its sequel) and of [[BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood modern Hollywood filmmaking]] in general. It's a thriller about the Great Recession... mutated, by the Hollywood machine, into a shallow [[BlackAndWhiteMorality good vs. evil tale]] about two rival yuppies in Liberty City. It's shot entirely on green screen for no good reason, it features a SatelliteLoveInterest who only appears once before she completely disappears (until the end, at least), late '00s buzzwords like "subprime" and "derivatives" are thrown around with little understanding as to what they mean, and it has an action-packed finale that comes out of nowhere.[[note]]Also, a talking chimp, because... [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys hey, why not?]][[/note]] Furthermore, through Michael's connections to Solomon Richards, we get to witness first-hand how this hot dog is made. The kicker is that, going by news reports after it comes out, it was apparently [[CriticalDissonance a smash hit with audiences nationwide, even though critical reception was mixed]].
* 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.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Courtesy of Toni:
-->'''Toni''': "(On [[ElectricLightOrchestra Four Little Diamonds]]) This one's really good, and I'm not getting any special treatment or action on the tour bus to say that."
* SweetHomeAlabama: Bobbi June, the host of ''Bless Your Heart'' in ''V'', tries to give off this air, but between her thinly-veiled racism and her right-wing, Tea Party-esque politics, she's a lot closer to [[DeepSouth the other end of the spectrum]].
* 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! '''[[PatrioticFervor WELCOME TO THE LAND OF FREEDOM, BITCHES!!!]] ''YAAAAAAHHHHH!!!'''''
* ThoseWackyNazis: Implied in the ''San Andreas'' commercial for "Herr Gruber's Spa".
-->'''Narrator''': "After running residential facilities in Germany, Switzerland, and then [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Brazil]]..."\\
'''Herr Gruber''': Haf you not read ze book? Strength good, veakness bad, ''badbadbad!''
* TokenMinority: Parodied in ''Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force'', where the black team member's name is "Quota".
* TookALevelInJerkass: Though he was fairly sympathetic in the beginning, Lazlow grows more loathesome in each incarnation.
* TotallyRadical: [[invoked]] Parodied with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFeZoLSaOsE Ego Chaser energy bar]] in ''V''. Its advertising showcases extreme sports like BMX, off-roading, and base-jumping, yet it is marketed to middle-aged schlubs who want to feel like "warriors".
* TrashCanBand[=/=]EverythingIsAnInstrument: ''IV'''s Banging Trash Can Lids For an Hour, a parody of ''Stomp''.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: InUniverse -- in ''V'', one of the movies you can watch is "Capolavoro", a staggeringly awful Italian subtitled art film with incredibly {{Mind Screw}}y visuals, a barely-coherent plot, constant [[BreakingTheFourthWall breakage of the fourth wall]], and actors that speaks French and Spanish. Emanuelle Pasorelli, the director, appears at the end to outright declare that it's incomprehensible on purpose.
* 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 UsefulNotes/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]]!
** By the 2010's, the show's subsequent AnimatedAdaptation is now airing on the in-universe AMC analogue "CNT", and is advertised as being from a time when misogyny and racism was cool - parodying AMC's occasionally tone-deaf promos for ''Series/MadMen'', where the sexist nature of Don Draper and his associates is completely glossed over in favour of romanticizing TheSixties.
* 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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