"The sound of Vice City's burgeoning latin scene of the early 1980's. Carribean-infused jazz to soothe the soul and take your mind off the city's troubled streets. Featuring specially selected tracks from Irakere, Lonnie Liston Smith and more."
― GTA Vice City Website

Radio Espantoso is a radio station that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. This station 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. In 1984, the station was sponsored by Jeremy Robard, according to Hector Hernandez.

In Vice City, Radio Espantoso is one of two radio stations to feature original material written and recorded especially for the game; the other is V-Rock.

GTA Vice City Tracks

  • Cachao - "A Gozar con Mi Combo" ("Let's Rejoice with My Combo") (1994)
  • Alpha Banditos - "The Bull Is Wrong"
  • Tres Apenas Como Eso - "Yo Te Miré" ("I Saw You")
  • Deodato - "Latin Flute" (1973)
  • Mongo Santamaría - "Mama Papa Tú" ("Mom, Dad, You") (1969)
  • Mongo Santamaría - "Me and You Baby (Picao y Tostao)" ("Chopped and Toasted") (1969)
  • Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra - "Mambo Mucho Mambo" ("Mambo Lots of Mambo") (1952)
  • Unaesta - "La Vida Es una Lenteja" ("Life Is a Lentil")
  • Lonnie Liston Smith - "Expansions" (1975)
  • Irakere - "Añunga Ñunga" (1980) (Incorrectly credited in the booklet as "Aguanile")
  • Deodato - "Super Strut" (1973)
  • Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra - "Jamay" (Nahuatl word, means "adobe crafting place") (1955)
  • Benny Moré - "Maracaibo Oriental" ("Eastern Maracaibo") (1958)
  • Tito Puente - "Mambo Gozón" ("Enjoyable Mambo") (1958)

Tracks marked were recorded especially for the game, and the performing artists are fictional.

GTA Vice City Stories Tracks


The logo, circa 1984.


GTA Vice City soundtrack



GTA Vice City Stories soundtrack

Radio Espantoso (GTA VCS Version)

Radio Espantoso (GTA VCS Version)


  • 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.
  • Although Irakere's song "Añunga Ñunga" is incorrectly credited in Vice City's booklet as "Aguanile", there's another song from the band called "Aguanile Bonkó".
  • Despite the name of the station meaning "awful" or "horrible", the station is very popular among the Latin American and Spanish fandom of GTA, having achieved cult status, with "La Vida Es una Lenteja" ("Life Is a Lentil") being the most recognized song.
    • The issue of the station's name is addressed by Pepe during his introduction to the soundtrack CD included as part of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set, in which he states the name is intended to be ironic in nature. As he explains, "It is a little joke... All of the radio is espantoso, apart from ours!"
  • After playing "Jamay" from Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra in Vice City, Pepe says "In fact, the other day, a shit-eating, greasy Italian man tried to steal my car when I was driving, what's up with that, people? Sure that guy didn't know with whom he was messing with, eh? Here we go, more music!" (translated from the Spanish: "De hecho, el otro día un comemierda 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!"). This implies that it was the game's protagonist, Tommy Vercetti, that tried to carjack him.
    • It would also mean that Pepe is one of the pedestrians walking around the city.

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