In addition to the main, playable cast of Grand Theft Auto, the radio characters also shine and tend to be another connection point in-between games, or in a few cases, continuities.
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Introduced in III
I'm a nice person, I deserve to do well! You know, people like me, we've only betrayed friends once or twice, and they had it coming!
Voiced by: Lazlow Jones
Perhaps the only character to appear in every major installment of Grand Theft Auto, Lazlow is introduced in III
as host of Chatterbox FM, where he is bombarded with a colorful array of guests and insane people. Lazlow would often mention his stint on a rock station — V-Rock from Vice City
, having taken over from its former DJ, Couzin Ed (as heard on Vice City Stories
, where he was an intern). After he quit in a rage, Lazlow eventually landed a job as a DJ of WCTR's Entertaining America
in San Andreas
, where after only two shows, he also quit. By the time IV
took place, Lazlow was the washed-up host of Integrity 2.0, trying, failing, and desperately making a comeback. As of V
, his career seems to be looking up again, with him hosting the Reality Show Fame or Shame
and having returned to WCTR with a new show, Chattersphere
Lazlow is voiced by real life radio personality Lazlow Jones, who wrote most of the radio scripts from III onwards.
Voiced by: Frank Chavez
Fernando is introduced on Chatterbox in GTAIII as the founder of Fernando's New Beginnings, where where husbands relieve the stress of married life by getting a mistress, to Lazlow's disgust and accusations of being just a cheap pimp from Upstate Liberty. Fernando's career, like Lazlow's, started in Vice City Stories where he was the co-host of Emotion 98.3 alongside Lionel Makepeace. By 1986 he became sole host of the station, but was kicked out for unknown reasons where he eventually became a temporary host of the Lonely Hearts show on San Andreas's WCTR. By 2008 he became the host of Vice City FM, and has admitted to having several children, being a registered sex offender not allowed within 200 yards of a school, and having a sexually transmitted infection. As of 2013, he has returned to San Andreas and WCTR, hosting his own segment The Fernando Show
Double Clef FM
Liberty Tree entertainment correspondent and DJ of Double Clef FM. Makes cameos on Vice City's K-Chat and on the Liberty City Story's Double Clef FM.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Attempts to appear intellectual through references to classical culture that he often gets wrong.
101.1 MSX in your manor, sound of Liberty City's finest
The energetic co-host of the Drum & Bass station MSX FM (MSX 98 in Liberty City Stories
). He constantly raps over the tracks mixed by the off screen DJ Timecode.
- As Himself
- Motor Mouth: Going on non-stop for 25 minutes in III with only short pauses in-between his lines is quite an accomplishment. To likely tone down the fact that this trait made him The Scrappy to some, his rapping is far less energetic and frequent in LCS.
Introduced as the DJ of Flashback FM in III
, later appears as the Host of Flash FM in Vice City and Vice City Stories.
Introduced in Vice City
VCPR (Vice City Public Radio)
Six years ago I was a clown, and now I'm a success! Ha ha, think about it. Imagine where I can be in 10 years. I can achieve anything!
Voiced by: Philip Anthony Rodriguez
In 1980, Maurice Chavez worked as a clown in birthday parties, corporate functions, juvenile correctional facilities, bar mitzvas and Go-Go bars. After constant failed acting auditions and getting work as a fluffer in a sex-education video, he considered getting a sex change before he was discovered and became a radio personality on Vice City's VCPR. He hosted the "healthy" public debate show Pressing Issues
in 1984, and by 1986, won several awards and was granted extended showtime on the radio. Though he tries to run his shows normally, they often become out of control due to the insane guests, and Chavez would snap violently. It is revealed in Vice City Stories
that he had an affair with VCPR host Michelle Montanius and had a child with her, but refused to give her the money for the abortion.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He hits a guy in the face with a paperweight after the guy wouldn't stop being an ass.
- Butt Monkey: Revealed in part thanks to extreme right-wing Congressman Alex Shrub.
- Delivery Guy: His experience with Bryony Craddock, one of his guests during his show's VCPR segment days in Vice City Stories, puts him off going near a vagina ever again.
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Much like Lazlow, he loves being on the radio but really loathes the guests on his show.
- Only Sane Man: Maurice has at least tried to run healthy debate shows with serious topics such as public safety, morality and positive thinking and is shown to be a history major. When he snaps though...
Voiced by: David Green
"pastor" whose stated goal is to collect donations from his followers to build a rocket ship/statue of himself and then colonize Saturn with everyone who gave generously enough, leaving the sinful world behind to build a utopia. His real
goal is to fleece as much money from his flock as possible, then use it to build a mansion in Hawaii
and live out the rest of his days with his mistresses. He's on the Morality segment, and he makes a small visual cameo at the beginning of the game on Cortez's yacht.
- Artistic License – Astronomy: Unless he's looking to colonize The Moons of Saturn, he probably won't have much success building his dreamed-of society on the surface of a gas giant. Justified, given that he's planning to steal all the money for his own personal use, which means he didn't care one bit about coming up with a feasible plan.
- Berserk Button: Don't be naked and loving in his presence unless you want an emasculating gunshot wound.
- Corrupt Church: Between his theology (a parody of "prosperity gospel" taken to the point of lionizing greed as a virtue) and the fact that he's shamelessly ripping off his followers, he seems to be based on any number of infamous televangelists from The Eighties.
- Eye Beams: He plans on installing these in his statue/spaceship in order to smite all of the world's sinners.
- The Fundamentalist
- Insane Troll Logic: He seems to be based on this.
- Our Founder
Voiced by: Leyna Weber
Host of K-Chat, a celebrity talk show.
- Captain Oblivious:
- The Ditz: Amy is sweet, but anything intellectual flies right over her head.
- Squee: Has this reaction over meeting Love Fist on air.
Voiced by: Lawrence Taylor
A guest on K-Chat. Tight end for the Vice City Mambas, this guy has a whole lot of anger issues and just loves hurting people; that seems to include taking their cars away, as you take over his 'import/export' business as part of asset gathering. He returns in V
, at least in name, having a Recreation Center in Los Santos named in his honour.
Voiced by: Mary Birdsong
A guest on K-Chat. A radical feminist who wrote a book that talked about the "horrors" of man, officially titled "Being and Seeing, From Freud to the Building Sites, a Woman's Journey into the Male Psyche". While being interviewed it is implied Michaela takes on a manly appearance.
The main host of V-Rock as of 1984 with Lazlow still being an intern who is constantly being made fun of. Kicked off the station in 1985 when Lazlow finally gets his degree in broadcasting and becomes the sole host.
Voiced by: Michael "Couzin Ed" Andrews
Couzin Ed: Couzin Ed here, as in "cousin" you can sleep with and tell your mom. Hell, bring your mom as well! I probably had her anyway.
- As Himself: Or better, an overly masculine, more Jerkass-y version of himself.
- Jerk Ass: Constantly makes fun of Lazlow, bashes on liberals and calls all women sluts.
- Guttural Growler: Pretends to have one for most of the time on-air.
- Knife Nut
- Metal Head: The quintessence of one.
- Patriotic Fervor: A straw Conservative, he admires Reagan and calls a caller a "Commie bitch" for insulting his radio nickname.
- The Pornomancer: He even manages to get some gals to show him their breasts on-air.
The coke-snorting 25-year old host of Flash FM who Really Gets Around
and loves to party. Toni, being the co-host, is basically the same.
Voiced by: Zan Aron
Teri: "Do there sores make me look like a whore?"
Toni: "Umm... Yes?"
They said Hip Hop is not going to last. We proved them wrong.
The DJ of the electro and hip-hop pirate radio station Wildstyle. In real life, he hosted Rap Attack
, a New York radio show in the 80's which was the first rap exclusive show to air on a major station. He passed away on the 2nd October 2009.
The host of Fresh 105, a pirate radio station broadcasting from a stripclub who speaks solely in Cluster F-Bombs. Gets really mad when Oliver Biscuit offered him to buy the station, but still ends up selling it by the events of Vice City
Luke: I don't give a fuck, because I do whatever the fuck I wanna do on this motherfucking radio station!
Oliver "Ladykiller" Biscuit
You've just let Oliver Ladykiller out of the doghouse, baby.
Voiced by: Julius Dyson
The host of Fever 105, who seduces as many women as the amount of food he eats in a week.
Hi, i'm Adam First. It's the glorious new term of the day, but what is New Wave? Of course it is a look, but it is also an excuse to use makeup!
Voiced by: Jamie Canfield
The DJ of Wave 103 with a love of New Wave and money, alongside a hatred of Music Videos
The ditzy co-host of Wave 103 obsessed with music videos and television. No longer heard in Vice City.
Voiced by: Anouchka Benson
- Buxom Is Better: Something Trish wholly agrees with while planning to become a VJ on a TV channel.
The depressive host of Emotion 98.3 who is going through therapy after a breakup. Often made fun of by Fernando, who is working for him doing street reports.
Voiced by: Steve Stratton
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He REALLY is. Fernando even thinks he's taking estrogen as part of his therapy.
- Nice Guy: Not that much, but still way more polite and compassionate than all of the other radio hosts.
- My Greatest Failure: He blames himself for both breakups he went through.
The sassy DJ of VCFL with a lot of romantic and sexual experience, who spends her time taking requests from lovesick freaks of Vice City.
Voiced by: Pat Floyd.
Voiced by: Tony Chiroldes
The DJ of Radio Espantoso which plays latin music, Pepe speaks almost exclusively in spanish.
The 80s are never over. You don't just turn off the 80s!
Voiced by: Randy Pearlstein
A roided-up action film star, known for appearing in the Evacuator trilogy: Evacuator
and Special Needs Cop
. Once highly regarded, his gradual slide into irrelevance following the end of the Cold War made him incredibly delusional, culminating in him accidentally killing Entertaining America
host Billy Dexter on air and had to serve time on death row from 1992 until his parole in 2007, only to get into trouble again with the law three years later, for which he served a smaller sentence. After his release in 2013, Jack, more mentally unhinged than ever, began working in his own reality show "Jack Howitzer is Jack Howitzer in Jack Howitzer
- Action Hero: Used to play such roles back in his heyday.
- Bald of Awesome: He sported one throughout his career, as shown in his first actual appearance in V.
- Creator Breakdown: In-Universe, he suffers one due to his declining popularity as well as a paradigm shift following the end of the Cold War. Come San Andreas, he believes the Soviets could still attack despite their breakup a year prior to the game, and culminates in him accidentally killing Billy. After his first release from prison, he's still unhinged, and uses his sock puppet Ho Chi Sock to cope.
- Meaningful Name
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based off of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
- Noodle Incident: Nothing is mentioned as to what crime got him a second stint behind bars, although this may be related to his accidental murder of an infant.
- Patriotic Fervor: He plays up this trope Up to Eleven, both in the movies and in his real life.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Combines this with Phony Veteran, as while he is an actor who has never served in the army, he certainly acts like he has.
Introduced in San Andreas
WCTR (West Coast Talk Radio)
Next up on WCTR, the news. We try to make it interesting and not depressing.
Voiced by: Sharon Washington
WCTR's news anchor, who also introduces and closes each individual show.
WCTR's news anchor. Later appears on Liberty City Stories LCFR, having been apparently fired for participating in the looting amidst the riot at the end of his home game
- Intrepid Reporter: Zigzagged; While he is heard reporting in rather dangerous places (a detective during a car chase or interviewing a carjacker,for exemple) he's also not so a saint as in he go eat in a fast-food with the carjacker just after his interview, can at a point be heard bying drugs and participate in the lootings during the riots
- Kent Brockman News
- Large Ham
Forth Right MC
All due respects to all the people out there fighting the power. Especially all of y'all with the superpowers.
The paranoid DJ of East Coast Hip-Hop radio station Playback FM.
- 0% Approval Rating: Almost every in-between banter has listeners complaining about his self-righteous on-air rants. Even the otherwise good-natured Julio G of Radio Los Santos had something to say about him.
Julio G: "They have some cool records, thats cool. But the DJ's whack, let's just face it, he's whack man!"
- Adam Westing
- Celebrity Paradox: "Rebel Without A Pause" plays on his station.
- Conspiracy Theorist
Radio Los Santos
This is Radio Los Santos: The place where Gangsta Rap was born, and where it continues to thrive.
Voiced by: Julio Gonzalez
- As Himself
- Chick Magnet: The station idents are made up of phone calls from fans of the show. Most of the female callers seem to really like Julio G, to the point that they seem to listen to Radio Los Santos just for him.
- Digital Piracy Is Okay: He forgets to get a radio edit of "I Don't Give A Fuck", but plays it anyway, accepting the fines. As he puts it...
"Tupac doesn't give a fuck, and I don't give a fuck either".
- Only Sane Man: He encourages the gangs of Los Santos to find better ways to solve problems and sees Gangsta Rap as a form of escape. This makes him one of the saner guys in the entire series, especially when compared to the other DJs in the game. During the riots he even expresses his more caring side, advising people to keep out of the streets.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Despite the music he works with, he rarely swears on the show and is a Nice Guy overall, which lets his reaction to the riots show just how serious the situation has gotten.
"There's a lot of morons out here really fucking shit up, so I gotta tell y'all, this ain't cool. Chill the fuck out".
Voiced by: Jodie Shawback
The rebellious host of the Alternative Rock
station Radio X.
Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith
The washed up 70's rock star of K-DST.
- Adam Westing: Axl is playing a rockstar who was the frontman of a group that he believes he contributed the most to, but that group has left him behind and ever since, he has been washed up.
- Celebrity Paradox: "Welcome To The Jungle" plays on Radio X.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Voiced by: Riette Burdick
The outlaw DJ of country
- Deep South
- Serial Spouse: She has had six husbands (all of which have ended up dead) and nine children. Her six husbands are implied to be in the body bags found in the infamous mass grave Easter Egg.
San Fierro Underground Radio (SF-UR)
I'm Hans. That's about it really, shut up and dance you fools!
Voiced by: Lloyd Floyd
The hypersensitive German DJ of SF-UR who pioneers House Music
on the west coast, much to the objections of his father.
"This is for all the travellers out there. All the people journeying through life, trying to understand why they take so much space cake. You thought it was regular cake!"
Introduced in IV
Voiced by: John Montone
Main field reporter for Weazel News, and probably the most notable.
- Casting Gag: His voice actor is an actual veteran news anchor of CBS' New York-based 1010 WINS AM.
- Large Ham
Voiced by: Michael Jaye
Another field reporter for Weazel News.
Slightly aroused, but still frigid, I'm Jenny Acorn, Weazel News.
Voiced by: Christine Sockol
A female field reporter for Weazel News.
- Really Gets Around: She's frigid by admission, and Lori suspects she's having an affair with her own husband.
Voiced by: Bill Andrew Quinn
One of the five studio reporters for Weazel News.
I'm Jim Harrison — and I love to say my name — Weazel News!
Voiced by: Jeff Bottoms
One of the five studio reporters for Weazel News.
Introduced in V
Blaine County Talk Radio
Bless Your Heart
Voiced by: Trish Suhr
Hostess of Bless Your Heart
, a program that shares Southern cooking recipes, lifestyle-affirming far-right politics, and tips on creative use of coupons.
"I'm Duane Earl and you're not."
Voiced by: Danny McBride
Animal husbandry expert, rodeo champion, and host of Beyond Insemination
, a show that has far more to do with Earl's own opinions of what constitutes a real man than any sort of farming advice.
Blaine County Radio Community Hour
Ronald "Ron" Jakowski
A Conspiracy Theorist
who airs his own podcast during BC Community Hour, during which he rambles about various sinister plots against the free world, and occasionally fields questions from his equally deranged audience (including his friend "Philip Trevors", who is very adamant against appearing on the show).
West Coast Talk Radio
Dr. Ray DiAngelo Harris
Voiced by: J.B. Smoove
Licensed doctor, expert on New Age medicine, and host of Chakra Attack
- Hot-Blooded: One might think that a spiritual guru would be a little less excitable, but Harris spends almost the entire program yelling at the top of his lungs.
I am a compassoinate lover and a fierce warrior!
The Fernando Show
Fernando's producer who is, as he is keen to point out, a woman.