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The station for laughter, and sorrow, heartbreak, and tears, and those post-therapy session blues.

— Station jingle in GTA Vice City

In early 1980s Vice City, if you got caught in an extramarital affair with your wife's aerobics instructor, there was only one man to turn to: Fernando Martinez. Fernando brought make-up and make-out music to all of Vice City's lovers. Impassioned with the spirit of emotionally charged anthems by artists like Cutting Crew and Mister Mister.

— GTA Vice City Website

Power ballads, montages, divorce. Standing on the brink of existence, again. Emotion is your station.

— Station jingle in GTA Vice City Stories

Emotion 98.3 is a radio station hosted by Fernando Martinez (voiced by Frank Chavez) in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and by Lionel Makepeace (voiced by Steve Stratton) in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It plays soft pop, power ballads and soft rock.


The station assumes a more relaxed, laid-back, soft attitude than other pop stations. It encourages listeners to not fight their feelings, and even cry. Fernando's poetic yet eccentric musings about passion, emotion and desire become the central part of the radio in his first time as a DJ. He gets lost in his romantic ramblings lots of times, and tells listeners tips on how to pick up ladies, going on with his Latin lover attitude.

As a note, Jan Hammer's "Crockett's Theme" is a reference to Miami Vice, since it is the theme for James "Sonny" Crockett. This song appeared in the 1984 episode "Calderone's Return: Part 1 - The Hit List" of Miami Vice, but was actually released via the Miami Vice II soundtrack album at the very end of 1986 (on December 29), and as a single in 1987. As such, it is slightly anachronistic for it to be broadcast in a radio station during the setting of GTA Vice City.

Emotion 98.3 sponsored several Hotring Racers and Bloodring Bangers in 1986.

As with all of the music radio stations in GTA Vice City, an album of songs from the station is available separately or as part of the 7-CD Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Song: Preview: Notes:
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" by Foreigner (1981)
"Wow" by Kate Bush (1978) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5), Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition versions.
"Tempted" by Squeeze (1981)
"Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon (1980)
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew (1986)
"More Than This" by Roxy Music (1982)
"Africa" by Toto (1982)
"Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister (1985)
"Missing You" by John Waite (1984)
"Crockett's Theme" by Jan Hammer (1984)
"Sister Christian" by Night Ranger (1983)
"Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross (1981)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Song: Preview:
"Only the Lonely" by The Motels (1982)
"I'm Not in Love" by 10cc (1975)
"Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash (1981)
"Make Believe" by Toto (1982)
"Fool If You Think It's Over" by Elkie Brooks (1981)
"I'm in Love with a German Film Star" by The Passions (1981)
"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner (1984)
"Never Never" by The Assembly (1983)
"We Belong" by Pat Benatar (1984)
"Private Life" by The Pretenders (1980)
"In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins (1981)
"Avalon" by Roxy Music (1982)
"Baby Hold On" by Eddie Money (1978)
"Stone Cold" by Rainbow (1982)
"Call to the Heart" by Giuffria (1984)
"Moments in Love" by Art of Noise (1984)
"I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman (1984)



Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories


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