|Not to be confused with Flashback FM|
- "This is Toni and you're on Flash, where we play nothing but the best pop music, all day, every day until the end of time, which could be tomorrow! So live like it's forever, today!"
- — GTA Vice City
- "The mainstream never popped like it did in the early 1980s.. And there never was a radio host like Toni. She bopped her way into Vice City's heart to the tune of classic songs by Hall & Oates, Laura Branigan and many others."
- — GTA Vice City Website
Flash FM is a Vice City radio station featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The station plays contemporary pop music and is hosted by Toni and Teri in 1984, with Toni becoming the sole DJ by 1986 following Teri's departure from the station.
Flash FM is full of the general atmosphere of its era, the '80s. The station's idents and imaging voices claim that "if it is totally tubular, rad or awesome" it plays on Flash. Many of the biggest mainstream pop artists in history are in its playlist.
It doesn't seem to be much different from later pop stations like Head Radio, as the station states "we tell you what's good, then play it 'til you like it". At one point it says humorously that they play zero commercials, despite the fact that it is full of them, like all other pop stations.
The station also seems to target a young teen demographic, as it makes comments such as "if you have acne you'll love Flash!" and "if no one understands you, we do!"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- * - This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3 and PS4) editions.
- Hall and Oates - "Out of Touch" (1984)
- Wang Chung - "Dance Hall Days" (1982)
- Michael Jackson - "Billie Jean" (1982) *
- Laura Branigan - "Self Control" (1984)
- Go West - "Call Me" (1985)
- INXS - "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)" (1985)
- Bryan Adams - "Run to You" (1984)
- Electric Light Orchestra - "Four Little Diamonds" (1983)
- Yes - "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (1983)
- The Buggles - "Video Killed the Radio Star" (1979)
- Aneka - "Japanese Boy" (1981)
- Talk Talk - "Life's What You Make It" (1986)
- The Outfield - "Your Love" (1985)
- Joe Jackson - "Steppin' Out" (1982)
- The Fixx - "One Thing Leads to Another" (1983)
- Lionel Richie - "Running with the Night" (1983) (PS2 only)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Laura Branigan - "Gloria" (1982)
- Rick Springfield - "Human Touch" (1983)
- INXS - "The One Thing" (1982)
- Philip Bailey and Phil Collins - "Easy Lover" (1984)
- Scandal - "The Warrior" (1984)
- Alison Moyet - "Love Resurrection" (1984)
- The Alan Parsons Project - "Games People Play" (1980)
- Hall & Oates - "Family Man" (1982)
- Pat Benatar - "Love Is a Battlefield" (1983)
- Nik Kershaw - "Wouldn't It Be Good" (1984)
- Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder - "Together in Electric Dreams" (1984)
- Talk Talk - "It's My Life" (1984)
- Missing Persons - "Destination Unknown" (1982)
- Wang Chung - "Don't Let Go" (1984)
- Gino Vannelli - "Appaloosa" (1978)
- Genesis - "Turn It on Again" (1980)
- Blancmange - "Living on the Ceiling" (1983)
- Paul Young - "Come Back and Stay" (1983)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Soundtrack Box Set
The Flash FM CD included in the European release of the 7-CD Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set contains 3 songs that did not actually appear in the game. These are:
- Glenn Frey - "Smuggler's Blues" (1984)
- Toto - "Hold the Line" (1978)
- Boys Don't Cry - "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" (1985)
The inclusion on the CD of Glenn Frey's "Smuggler's Blues" seems likely to be yet another of the game's nods to the television series Miami Vice, which featured an episode of the same name in its the first season; the episode was in fact named for the song, featured a plot that was heavily inspired by its lyrics, extensively featured the song in the soundtrack, and even featured Glenn Frey himself in the main supporting role.
- "Flash" is a term used to describe showing off revealing parts of the body briefly. As a reference to this meaning, Toni often makes off-handed and veiled sexual comments.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" plays in the background during the Commodore 64-inspired logo sequence seen when GTA Vice City loads.
- Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" will automatically hear when the player enters Ken Rosenberg's Admiral or pink Faggio in the Introduction.
- Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days" and Go West's "Call Me" play inside the Malibu Club.
- During the beginning of the song "Life's What You Make It" Toni refers in her anecdote to a famous British band, but "can't say who". This is a reference to Duran Duran and the fact that on Flashback FM in all versions of GTA III her line "this song reminds me of waking up on the Duran Duran tour bus" was edited to mute the mention of the band's name (though the uncensored quote can be heard in the official GTA III website).
- Flash FM is the favourite radio station of the Haitians, alongside Fever 105, which can be heard after the player carjacks their Voodoo. It is also one of the favourite stations of the Streetwannabes.
- For an unknown reason, Aneka's "Japanese Boy" was not included on the Flash FM CD in the 7-CD Soundtrack Box Set, but instead appears on the Wave 103 CD.
- Laura Branigan's "Self Control" is featured in the iOS and Android trailer for GTA Vice City.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- One of the imaging singers in the GTA Vice City Stories rendition is Julie Wemyss, singer in the songs credited to fictional band Conor & Jay, and who was also one of the main composers for several of the music featured within the early Grand Theft Auto games. She also provides vocals to some original songs in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and GTA III.
Grand Theft Auto V
- In Grand Theft Auto Online, during the 2014 Halloween Weekend Event, a t-shirt with the logo of the radio station was available through Crate Drops.
- Later, during the Cunning Stunts update, a Flash FM cap became available to buy for $1895 at any clothing store.
- Head Radio - a pop and rock radio in GTA 1, GTA 2, GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories.
- Lips 106 - a contemporary pop radio in GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories.
- Flashback FM - an '80s pop radio in GTA III and '70s pop in GTA Liberty City Stories which plays other songs by Giorgio Moroder and in GTA III is also hosted by Toni.
- Fever 105 - a radio in GTA Vice City which plays a song by Michael Jackson.
- Emotion 98.3 - an '80s soft pop radio in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories which plays other songs by Phil Collins and Pat Benatar.
- Wave 103 - an '80s new wave and synthpop radio in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories which plays other songs of Philip Oakey with The Human League and Alison Moyet with Yazoo.
- CSR 103.9 - a new jack swing and pop radio in GTA San Andreas.
- Liberty Rock Radio - a radio in GTA IV and GTA Episodes From Liberty City which plays other songs by Genesis and Electric Light Orchestra.
- Vice City FM - an '80s pop radio in GTA Episodes From Liberty City which plays a song by Hall & Oates.
- Los Santos Rock Radio - a radio in GTA V which plays other songs by The Alan Parsons Project, Phil Collins, Pat Benatar and Yes.
- Non-Stop-Pop FM - a pop radio in GTA V which plays other songs by Hall & Oates and INXS.
- Los Santos Underground Radio - a dance music station in GTA Online that plays a remixed version of Steppin' Out by Joe Jackson as part of The Black Madonna's set.