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Characters: GTA Radio
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 

Chatterbox FM

Lazlow

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.
  • Adam Westing
  • Butt Monkey: In Vice City Stories, as intern to Couzin Ed. Ed would frequently berate and humiliate Lazlow in-between the songs.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It wouldn't be Lazlow without him mocking his guests, or himself.
  • Flanderization: Ignoring the chronological order of the games, Lazlow gets more pathetic in each new game released. Lazlow starts off as the Only Sane Man in III, mocking the sea of lunatics who call him. Vice City had him as a fairly normal, if egotistical, rock host. In San Andreas, he had no bite and was mostly at the mercy of his guests. By IV, he was a sad wash-up, and in V, he's bitter and angry, in a job he hates, with a co-host he hates, in a town he hates. He spends the majority of his segment arguing with his coworker, on the defensive about his life choices. And to cap it all off, when he actually appears in V's story, it's so he can getting physically humiliated — twice — by the main characters.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: As shown in San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and III, he tries to love the job and likes being on the radio. His grief mostly comes from the callers and interviewees.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Until V.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: In V, Michael and Trevor force him to dance in his underwear while they film it, as punishment for his sleazy reality show Fame or Shame and especially Tracey's audition.
  • Klingon Promotion: In San Andreas, after the original Entertaining America host is shot on air, Lazlow takes the spot.
  • The Last DJ: Believes himself to be this.
  • Only Sane Man: Tries to run his shows normally, but is swamped by insane guests and callers. By GTA standards, Lazlow is fairly tame... at least at first.
  • Self-Deprecation: You would think Lazlow would make himself into a Canon Stu, being the producer of the radio shows in the series in Real Life, but even in III, when he had the most virtual air time, the best he could do was snark about his situation. By IV, he has turned his character into a deluded, egotistical jerk who believes himself to be The Last DJ, and is genuinely surprised and offended when people call him out on it. And in V, when he finally appeared as an in-story character, it was so he could be forced to dance in his underwear and get a dick tattooed on either his chest or back. Plus, he gave some of his Real Life buddies roles on the shows.
  • Separated by a Common Language: In San Andreas, Lazlow and OG Loc have two very different definitions of "gang banging".
    "Gang banging? I never really understood that. I mean, other guys in the room while you're... ugh!"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Becomes this come IV.

Fernando Martinez

IT'S A MIRACLE!

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.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Was arrested for trying to take advantage of a cheerleader while working at a school.
  • Alternate Continuity: One of the few signs that the radio stations still work on the principle even in the HD era; In III, Lazlow exposes him as a Caucasian fraudster from upstate Liberty, while in V he claims to be a former illegal immigrant, having come to America the courageous way; see below.
  • Anything That Moves: Anything.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Believes that the immigration hole needs to be plugged. After all, he came to America the manly way — by outrunning the gunboats.
  • Catch Phrase: "I, am Fernando Martinez" and "I guarantee it".
  • Double Entendre: He gives financial and political advice in the form of thinly-veiled sexual metaphors.
  • I Didnt Mean to Turn You On: When Sue Murry gets angry during her interview, he admits that seeing her flustered and sweaty turns him on. She immediately storms out of the studio.
  • Latin Lover: So he says. He's more like a borderline sex addict.
  • Noodle Incident: In San Andreas, he briefly mentions being "chased out" of Vice City and alludes to a "Five Alarm Fire".
    • In V, he mentions that he was "a martyr for the justice and truth that lives in the heart of every man and woman" when he was "unjustly imprisoned on entirely unproven allegations''. He elaborates no further, though a few hints are dropped that he may have been involved with an underage girl.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Fernando references this.
    "Have you noticed how popular synthesizers are getting? It's not the same as a lonely man with a pony tail, singing of his love on a guitar. At the door of a fair maid's hacienda. But it is not far short."
  • Straw Misogynist: He's been in classes to stop thinking of women as objects for his insatiable lust; he relapses constantly, though he Apologizes a Lot for it.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He finds it a Double Standard that people applaud a boy that scores with a female teacher, but when a male teacher tries to "teach a cheerleader in the ways of love", they're arrested.
  • Third-Person Person

Double Clef FM

Morgan Merryweather

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.

MSX FM

MC Codebreaker

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.

Flashback FM

Toni

So my friends say 'Toni, do you remember the 70's and 80's?' and I say, well I certainly don't remember anything since then!

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)

Maurice Chavez

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.
    Maurice: I grant you, 1980 was not a highlight in my career; but I NEVER applied for a sex change!
  • 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...

Pastor Richards

Voiced by: David Green

Borderline-insane fundie 'pastor' whose actual stated goal is to collect as much money from people as possible, then build a rocket-ship and colonize Saturn with everyone who gave generously enough. He's on the Morality segment, and he makes a small visual cameo at the beginning of the game on Cortez's yacht.

K-Chat

Amy Sheckenhausen

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.

B.J. Smith

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.

Wildstyle

Mr. Magic

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.

Fever 105

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.

Wave 103

Adam First

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.

Radio Espantoso

Pepe

''That is why we call our station 'Radio Espantoso'. It is a little joke, ok?.

Voiced by: Tony Chiroldes

The DJ of Radio Espantoso which plays latin music, Pepe speaks almost exclusively in spanish.

    Introduced in San Andreas 

WCTR (West Coast Talk Radio)

Lianne Forget

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.

Richard Burns

Officials say there is still no reported casualties, which is truly unfortunate as it makes for incredibly boring news.

Voiced by: Wil Wheaton

WCTR's news anchor. Later appears on Liberty City Stories LCFR.

Playback FM

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

Julio G

This is Radio Los Santos: The place where Gangsta Rap was born, and where it continues to thrive.

Voiced by: Julio Gonzalez


Radio X

Sage

Who wants to be a gangster anyway? There's too much work involved. I just want to sit around all day and stare at candles.

Voiced by: Jodie Shawback

The rebellious host of the Alternative Rock station Radio X.

K-DST

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

K-ROSE

Mary-Beth Maybell

Voiced by: Riette Burdick

The outlaw DJ of country station K-ROSE.
  • 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)

Hans Oberlander

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.

    Introduced in IV 

Weazel News

Mike Whitley

I'm disgusted at what I'm witnessing! These people are peddling smut! Mike Whitley, Weazel News! Hey, uh, hey bud', I get the [porn] DVD when it comes out?

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

Eric House

Voiced by: Michael Jaye

Another field reporter for Weazel News.

Jenny Acorn

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.

Bryan Wilkinson

I'm Bryan Wilkinson, Weazel News. We're all screwed!

Voiced by: Bill Andrew Quinn

One of the five studio reporters for Weazel News.

Jim Harrison

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

Bobby June

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.

Beyond Insemination

Duane Earl

"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.
  • Anti-Role Model: Recalls his days as a grade-school soccer coach teaching his students to do anything to win, from taking steroids to gambling to deliberately injuring opponents.
  • Big Fancy House: Duane's description of his estate (including an enormous fish tank in his bedroom), which somewhat negates his claims that he's still just a humble country boy.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Tells Mike, one of his callers, to drown his wife unless she allows their son to play football, so the family can earn enough money for Mike to buy himself a bass boat.
  • Deep South
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in the "My Blaine County" commercial, which was released on the Rockstar website as part of the countdown to the game's release.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Bestiality is a no-no for him.
    "Goddammit. You are sitting there with a hot laptop on your sweaty thighs doing image search for heifers, aren't you? Jesus... I'm tired of you sickos calling up and ruining my otherwise flawless broadcasting flow!"
  • Rated M for Manly: The point of his show.
  • That Came Out Wrong
    "Next caller. Inseminate me. No, no, no, that's wrong. Speaketh to me."

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

Chakra Attack

Dr. Ray DiAngelo Harris

Voiced by: J.B. Smoove

Licensed doctor, expert on New Age medicine, and host of Chakra Attack.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • 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!

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