Radio Espantoso, not to be confused with Radio Esperanto, which is in Esperanto (and not Spanish), is a radio station that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. This station basically plays Afro-Latin American tropical music, ranging from Latin Jazz to Mambo, Son, Salsa and Latin Funk/Disco among other genres. The DJ of the station in 1984 is Hector Hernandez. In 1986, Pepe replaces Hector, and Pepe is of Cuban descent. Radio Espantoso is also the preferred radio stations of the Cubans/Los Cabrones. The word "Espantoso" directly translates to as 'Horrible' or 'Awful' in Spanish. The station haves the peculiarity of playing some songs from well into the '50s.
GTA Vice City Tracks
Cachao - "A Gozar Con Mi Combo" ("Let's Rejoice With My Combo") (1994)
Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez – "I Like It (I Like It Like That)"
Tito Puente – "Oye Como Va"
Bobby Valentin – "Mi Ritmo Es Bueno"
Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco – "Quimbara"
Hector Lavoe – "Mi Gente"
Eddie Palmieri – "Revolt / La Libertad Logico"
Willie Colon – "El Malo"
The song "Anunga Nunga" by Irakere is titled as "Aguanile" in the booklet for Vice City, which is another different song from the band (albeit named "Aguanile Bonkó" instead).
The station is referred to as simply Espantoso in GTA Vice City Stories.
The song "A Gozar Con Mi Combo" by Cachao (1994, from the album "Master Sessions Vol. 1") is the only one which is anachronistic in the playlist.
After playing "Jamay" from Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra in Vice City, Pepe says "ha hecho el otro día un come mierda italiano grasoso me trató de robar el carro cuando estaba manejando, ¿qué es eso, gente...?, seguro que ese tipo no sabía con quién él estaba jugando, ¿ah?, here we go more music!" which means "in fact the other day a shit eating, greasy Italian man tried to steal my car when I was driving, what's that, people...?, sure that guy didn't know with whom he was playing, eh?, here we go more music!" which implies that it was Tommy Vercetti that tried to carjack him.
The song "Quimbara" is featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops. It was played in the first level of the game, set in Cuba
Despite the name of the station meaning "awful" or "horrible", this station is very loved by the Latin American fandom of GTA, having achieved cult status there.