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Not to be confused with Flashback FM

Commercials - bad, music - good! Flash FM, now with zero commercials! Please help support Flash FM, send your donation today.
— Station jingle in 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
We hate singing this shit, but our record deal fell through, it's Flash FM!
— Station jingle in GTA Vice City Stories

Flash FM is a Vice City radio station featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories that plays contemporary pop music.


The station is hosted by Toni and Teri in 1984, with Toni becoming the sole DJ by 1986 following Teri's departure from the station. It reflects the general atmosphere of the 1980s. 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.

The station's format is reflected in future stations, such as Head Radio, as the station states "we tell you what's good, then play it 'til you like it". One of its imaging jingles claims that it 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!", "Now that you've found Flash FM, notice you've suddenly become more popular. Suddenly, everyone wants to hang out with you." and "if no one understands you, we do!"

Flash FM is the one of the favourite radio stations of the Haitians and the Streetwannabes.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Song: Preview: Notes:
"Out of Touch" by Hall & Oates (1984)
"Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung (1982)
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson (1982) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5), Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan (1984)
"Call Me" by Go West (1985)
"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)" by INXS (1985)
"Run to You" by Bryan Adams (1984)
"Four Little Diamonds" by Electric Light Orchestra (1983)
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes (1983)
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles (1979)
"Japanese Boy" by Aneka (1981)
"Life's What You Make It" by Talk Talk (1986)
"Your Love" by The Outfield (1985)
"Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson (1982)
"One Thing Leads to Another" by The Fixx (1983)
"Running with the Night" by Lionel Richie (1983) PlayStation 2 and The Definitive Edition only.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Song: Preview:
"Gloria" by Laura Branigan (1982)
"Human Touch" by Rick Springfield (1983)
"The One Thing" by INXS (1982)
"Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins (1984)
"The Warrior" by Scandal (1984)
"Love Resurrection" by Alison Moyet (1984)
"Games People Play" by The Alan Parsons Project (1980)
"Family Man" by Hall & Oates (1982)
"Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar (1983)
"Wouldn't It Be Good" by Nik Kershaw (1984)
"Together in Electric Dreams" by Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder (1984)
"It's My Life" by Talk Talk (1984)
"Destination Unknown" by Missing Persons (1982)
"Don't Let Go" by Wang Chung (1984)
"Appaloosa" by Gino Vannelli (1978)
"Turn It on Again" by Genesis (1980)
"Living on the Ceiling" by Blancmange (1982)
"Come Back and Stay" by Paul Young (1983)

Prominent Appearances in Storyline

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Individual tracks

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Individual tracks

  • "Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins is featured in the second GTA Vice City Stories trailer.

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 three songs that did not actually appear in the game. These are:

Although none of these tracks appeared in Vice City, Toto's "Hold the Line" was later included in the playlist for the classic rock station K-DST in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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.



Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • 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).
  • 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.

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 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.

See also