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All the radios in GTA Vice City.


Various radio stations can be received on radios in most vehicles in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They act as the game's soundtrack and can also be heard in the Audio menu, while the game is paused. Many of the songs appear on cutscenes, and some songs are programmed to be played on certain parts of a mission; for example, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" starts to play when the player enters their first vehicle at the start of the game. Emergency vehicles feature instead a police radio, especially recorded for the game which was a departure from previous games in the series.

The arrangement of the soundtrack of GTA Vice City was a big move on the part of Rockstar Games: unlike previous games in the series, which relied to a great extent in original creations, GTA Vice City has an overwhelming majority of licensed content, with just 5 original songs.

Most radio stations play a mixture of music, DJ chat, and spoof advertising. The stations each reflect one style of music intended to evoke the atmosphere of the time. The bulk of the soundtrack is made of contemporary 1980s music by an overwhelming majority; however, the soundtrack also features a few songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

The radio stations that the player can listen in GTA Vice City are as follows:

In addition to the in-game radio stations, PC, Xbox and iOS players can add their own music to the game. These will be played on the "MP3 Player" on the PC and Xbox versions and the "Tape Deck" on the iOS version.

Several of the stations also reappear in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, which is a direct prequel to the game.

An extensive 7-CD Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set was released containing music from the game's radio stations, while a shorter Greatest Hits compilation CD was also released.

On 6 December 2012, GTA Vice City was released on iOS and Android to celebrate the game's 10th anniversary. However, over the years, song licenses expired, and therefore some songs were removed from these versions of the game. The same songs are missing from the game re-releases as a PS2 Classic on PS3 and PS4.

Radio Stations

The songs are listed in the same order as they appear in the game manual.
For the original songs the year of release is that of GTA Vice City: 2002.
Authors of the original songs, at the side, in superscript.
* - This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3 and PS4) editions.

Wildstyle

Wildstyle

Wildstyle is hosted by Mr. Magic and plays hip hop and electro.

Flash FM

Flash

Flash FM is hosted by Toni, and plays pop.

K-Chat

Kchat

K-Chat is a celebrity talk station hosted by Amy Sheckenhausen.

The following persons are interviewed:

Fever 105

Fever 105

Fever 105 is hosted by Oliver "Ladykiller" Biscuit and plays disco, soul, funk and R&B.

V-Rock

V-rock

V-Rock is hosted by Lazlow and plays hard rock and heavy metal.

VCPR

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Vice City Public Radio, abbreviated as VCPR, is a public talk station. It has only one program, called Pressing Issues, which is hosted by Maurice Chavez. The two station supervisors, Jonathan Freeloader and Michelle Montanius, appeal listeners for money funding during breaks. Each segment focuses on a particular issue, with Chavez chairing a discussion on the issue between several guests with different backgrounds, points of view or approaches.

Three such issues are broadcast within the game. They are:

Radio Espantoso

Espantoso

Radio Espantoso is a Spanish-language radio station hosted by Pepe and plays Latin jazz, mambo, son, salsa and Latin funk.

Translations for the titles, at the side, in superscript.

  • Cachao - "A Gozar Con Mi Combo" (Let's Rejoice With My Combo) (1994)
  • Alpha Banditos - "The Bull is Wrong" (Stuart Ross)
  • Tres Apenas Como Eso - "Yo Te Miré" (I Saw You) (Craig Conner)
  • 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) (Craig Conner)
  • Lonnie Liston Smith - "Expansions" (1975)
  • Irakere - "Añunga Ñunga" (1980) (Incorrectly credited in the manual 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)

Emotion 98.3

98.3

Emotion 98.3 is hosted by Fernando Martinez and features soft pop, power ballads and soft rock.

Wave 103

Wave103

Wave 103 is hosted by Adam First, and features new wave, synthpop and post-punk.

MP3 Player/Tape Deck

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GTA Vice City allows players to play their songs in the PC, Xbox and iOS ports of the game. This custom radio station is named "MP3 Player" in the PC and Xbox ports, and "Tape Deck" in the iOS port.

"MP3 Player" only supports .ogg and .mp3 music formats (as well as shortcuts to those types of files). Tracks are played in alphabetical order according to their file names and cannot be skipped. Inserting custom music into "MP3 Player" consists simply of placing music files into the "mp3" folder located within the primary game folder (i.e. Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto Vice City\mp3). For the Xbox version, a CD must be installed into the console's hard drive. The logo of "MP3 Player" is just a "palette swap" of the logo of the "MP3 Player" custom station from GTA III.

"Tape Deck" requires the player to create a music playlist on their iOS device named "VICECITY", and add songs to that playlist. After that's been done, they must start up the game, be in any normal vehicle, and keep changing the radio station until they reach "Tape Deck", which is between "Radio Off" and Wave 103.

Other Songs

A number of other songs can be heard during mission cutscenes. These songs are not featured on any of the game's radio stations.

In addition, the European release of the 7-CD Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set contains, in the Flash FM CD, the following songs that didn't appear in the game:

Commercials

Commercials in GTA Vice City were greatily expanded from the commercials of the previous game. The biggest appeal of the commercials in Vice City is that for the first time in the series Rockstar could produce commercials that dealt with an earlier era, here showcasing the typical vibe and mindset of people and media of the '80s. Later games in the series that were set in an earlier period would follow this model.

Due to being the first game made in the 3D Universe that was set in an earlier era, Rockstar had enough technological advances to showcase the music, clothes, atmosphere and thus, the typical commercials of the '80s. There are references to relevant topics of the period, such as hair products, the Red scare, Japanese car companies winning the American market and early home consoles that could bring the quality of arcade machines to the living room.

Some products advertized are: "Ammu-Nation" (the firearms store that is "leading the war against communism" and that has film festivals where they "screen the documentary "Red Dawn"), "Yuppie and the Alien" (a "Miami Vice" meets "ALF" police drama that teams up a human cop and an alien "that could vaporize dissidents in Alpha Centauri but in this precinct [he has to] do it by-the-book") and the "Domestobot" (a domestic helper robot for people that tried hiring a nanny but desisted after she wanted health insurance).

Trivia

  • The number of new songs in this soundtrack is 103.
  • The year with the most songs is 1983, with 21 songs.
  • The radio soundtrack in GTA Vice City was a major upgrade in the GTA series: while soundtracks in previous games were very dependent on original creations produced by the Rockstar staff, GTA Vice City was the first to have an overwhelming majority of licensed content, with just 5 songs in the entire soundtrack being original creations (2 for V-Rock and 3 for Radio Espantoso).
    • It is worth noting that, while there where previous inroads in making stations with licensed content (GTA London had an array of '60s Italian films soundtracks and reggae, and GTA III had electronic, rap, dub and '80s pop songs), that was nothing on the scale and depth of the soundtrack of GTA Vice City, with hits well-known by the mainstream public and in a quantity that large in every station.
  • The game consolidated the use of an original police radio track created especially for it. Previous games in the series used a generic police track used in countless films, series and games ("5 George K, number 30 Broad street" is said in the track), with the exception of GTA London (which used an original police track with British accents and references to locations in London). Since GTA Vice City, all the GTA games that have included a police track have used a track created especially for that game.
  • The radio tuning sound effects are snippets from various tracks from GTA III.
    • For example, one of the snippets heard when tuning the radio is a fragment from the Dormatron commercial in GTA III where the woman says "strap in your arms and legs".
  • First game in the series where there are two talk stations instead of only one like in the previous games.
  • GTA creator Dan Houser can be heard in K-Chat, he is the caller that wants to be spanked by Gethsemanee's broom.
  • The only anachronistic songs given the 1986 setting are Cachao's "A Gozar Con Mi Combo" (1994) and two songs that aren't included in any radio and can only be heard in certain cutscenes: Los Super Seven's "Compay Gato" and "Campesino" (both from 2001).
  • Whodini's "The Freaks Come Out at Night" can be heard in a cutscene but is not included in any of the game's radios. It would be included later on the hip hop radio Fresh FM in GTA Vice City Stories.
  • Toto's "Hold the Line" was included in the European release of the 7-CD Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set but not in the actual game. It would be included later on the classic rock radio K-DST in GTA San Andreas.
  • Only Radio Espantoso and Wave 103 retained their full tracklists for the 10th Anniversary re-release.

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