|For its successor from GTA V, see Channel X.|
- "Targetting an entire generation of apathetic, despondent, trust-fund babies."
- — Radio X
- "Finally, there IS an alternative. The home of Modern Rock. This is a revolution. Guitars, nihilistic hedonism, and telling the elder generation to go screw themselves. Nobody has done this before. We are original thinkers. We are free. Sage leads the navel gazing; she is a remarkable talent."
- — GTA San Andreas Website
Radio X (referred to as Radio:X in its logo) is a radio station in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that plays alternative rock, grunge, hard rock and alternative metal. It is hosted by Sage (voiced by Jodie Shawback).
Radio X is full of the '90s grunge attitude and of the generation X typical vibe at the time, it takes an intellectual, nihilist, revolutionist and pessimistic character.
Through its idents it boasts that "finally there is an alternative to commercial rock, these guys don't care about money". It also says that it is "the birth of modern rock and fundamental social upheaval" and that "the end of civilization is here". It attacks the older generation, the baby boomers, and its music, saying "anyone who doesn't think this is the best music recorded in history, should just jump off a bridge and die".
It also humorously pokes fun of the self-centered attitude of its listeners, with idents that say "we are self-important nihilists", "who cares about poverty, we got egos to worry about", "we're the end of the alphabet people, that's got to mean something, but we don't know what", and "the id, the ego and now the X".
It also calls its listeners "apathetic, despondent, trust-fund babies" and tells them pessimistic comments like "nothing that you'll ever do will ever mean anything, we're the only identity you've got" and "feel like you mean something".
The station's host is Sage, a young woman and proud member of Generation X. She is an escaped mental patient who is very opinionated and constantly speaks her views in-between songs. She gets lost frequently in her random musings, extremely pessimistic and narcissistic. She constantly wants to have sex and hates the older generations so much that she wants to kill anyone over the age of 30. She isn't very popular, as callers criticize her photography exhibition as "full of weird and stupid photos were they lick coloring books". She constantly says she wants to die and threatens to set herself on fire when all the bridges in San Andreas are open, permitting the player access all areas in the game. Sage celebrates the riots at the latter part of the game, believing they are part of her "end of the world's revolution".
- * - This song is missing from the re-released versions of the game.
- Helmet - "Unsung" (1991)
- Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus" (1989)
- Faith No More - "Midlife Crisis" (1992)
- Danzig - "Mother" (1988)
- Living Colour - "Cult of Personality" (1988)
- Primal Scream - "Movin' on Up" (1991)
- Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle" (1987)
- L7 - "Pretend We're Dead" (1992)
- Ozzy Osbourne - "Hellraiser" (1991) *
- Soundgarden - "Rusty Cage" (1991)
- Rage Against the Machine - "Killing in the Name" (1992) *
- Jane's Addiction - "Been Caught Stealing" (1990)
- The Stone Roses - "Fools Gold" (1989)
- Alice in Chains - "Them Bones" (1992)
- Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush" (1992)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- The "X" in Radio X is reference to Generation X, the generation born between the mid-1960s and early-1980s.
- Radio X plays inside Sub Urban clothing stores.
- It also plays inside bars that have the same interior of Ten Green Bottles.
- It also plays inside Tattoo Parlors.
- Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" is featured during Stadium Events.
- Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" is played while the player takes a girlfriend on a bad restaurant date. This song was removed from the re-released version of the game and the "successful date" jingle plays instead, which comes as confusing and ironic given the context.
- L7's "Pretend We're Dead" plays at the beach party in the mission Life's a Beach.
- The station is the default station when the player enters an Andromada, Buffalo, PCJ-600, or Vortex.
- The 2-CD San Andreas soundtrack compilation set features as a bonus track "Head Like a Hole" by A.F.I., a cover of the song from Nine Inch Nails, and a track not featured in the game. The original from Nine Inch Nails would most likely have been featured on Radio X, given the genre of the song and the station.
Grand Theft Auto V
- This station appears to have been renamed to Channel X between the events of GTA San Andreas and GTA V, though Channel X plays punk and hardcore as opposed to the alternative rock and grunge of Radio X.
- This is further proven by one of the Channel X stingers, which says "We've been Radio X for too long!", implying that the station was previously known as Radio X.
- It's Unleashed FM - a hard rock and alternative rock radio in GTA 1.
- King 130.7 - a punk and hard rock radio in GTA 2.
- V-Rock - a hard rock and heavy metal radio in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories that plays a song by Ozzy Osbourne.
- Wave 103 - a new wave and post-punk radio in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories that plays a song by Depeche Mode.
- K-DST - a classic rock radio in GTA San Andreas.
- Liberty Rock Radio - a classic rock radio in GTA IV and GTA Episodes From Liberty City.
- Liberty City Hardcore - a hardcore radio in GTA IV and extreme metal in GTA Episodes From Liberty City.
- Radio Broker - an alternative rock radio in GTA IV and GTA Episodes From Liberty City.
- Prairie Cartel - an alternative rock instrumentals radio in GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Tortoise - a post-rock instrumentals radio in enhaced versions of GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Anvil - a heavy metal instrumentals radio in enhaced versions of GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Vinewood Boulevard Radio - an alternative rock radio in GTA V.
- Los Santos Rock Radio - a classic rock radio in GTA V.
- Channel X - a punk and hardcore radio in GTA V and this station's successor.
- Pre-Millennium Radio - a cut radio in GTA V that would've played '90s alternative rock and featured a song by Faith No More.