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Head radio. Music for your pleasure. Richard on station on a highway. The Network Chart Show. Top 5.
Grand Theft Auto
Putting all bad radio on trial, it's judge and jury Phanny Joe Styles.
— The intro to Phanny Joe Styles' segment in Grand Theft Auto 2
Mix me another margarita, I'm listenin' to Johnny Ricarro.
— The intro to Johnny Ricarro's segment in Grand Theft Auto 2
Built from cheap labor from Zambia, El Salvador and Paraguay, this is Head Radio.
— Station jingle in Grand Theft Auto III
Music that our demographic research says will put you in a buy things. Head Radio.
— Station jingle in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Head Radio is a radio station featured in Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. In all renditions, it is a mainstream radio that plays pop, rock, and techno.


The station's DJs include Eddie Symons in the first Grand Theft Auto), Phanny Joe Styles and Johnny Riccaro (Grand Theft Auto 2), and Michael Hunt (Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories). Head Radio began broadcasting in 1941 and by 2001 is one of a number of radio stations owned by Love Media.

In its first rendition it is meant to represent a charts radio.[3] Through its different renditions it would remain as a mainstream radio that airs pop and, to a lesser extent, rock. In Grand Theft Auto 2, Head Radio is unique among the radio stations for featuring two DJs who play alternating genres – Phanny Joe Styles plays dance and pop music while Johnny Riccaro plays rock and jazzstep. In the 3D Universe, Head Radio is one of three pop stations operating in Liberty City (alongside Lips 106 and Flashback FM), and is distinguished by its contemporary pop-rock sound.

The Head Radio Headquarters are located in Bayano, Industrial District, Anywhere City (Grand Theft Auto 2) and in Harwood, Portland, Liberty City (Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories).


Grand Theft Auto

Song: Preview:
"Days Like These" by Reality Bubble (Craig Conner) (1997)
"Automatic Transmission" by Meme Traders (Grant Middleton) (1997)
"Complications" by Ohjaamo (Craig Conner) (1997)

Grand Theft Auto 2


Songs with Phanny Joe Styles:

Song: Preview: Notes:
"Yellow Butter" by Apostles of Funk (Stuart Ross) (1999)
"Real Love" by Pussywillows (Craig Conner) (1999)
"All I Wanna Do" by Davidson (1999) Copyrighted song.
"Southpark" by The One (Craig Conner) (1999)

Songs with Johnny Riccaro:

Song: Preview: Notes:
"Taxi Drivers" by Bula Matari (1996) Copyrighted song.
"Pendulum" by Flytronix (1998) Copyrighted song.
"Do It On Your Own" by Anna (Craig Conner) (1999)
"My Tiny World" by Testing (Craig Conner) (1999)

Grand Theft Auto III

Song: Preview:
"Stripe Summer" by Dil-Don't (Craig Conner) (2001)
"Good Thing" by Whatever (Allan Walker, Craig Conner) (2001)
"Fade Away" by Craig Gray (Stuart Ross) (2001)
"Change" by Conor and Jay (Craig Conner, Julie Wemyss) (2001)
"See Through You" by Frankie Fame (Craig Conner) (2001)
"Electronic Go Go" by Scatwerk (Stuart Ross) (2001)
"Life Is But A Mere Supply" by Dezma (Craig Conner) (2001)

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Song: Preview:
"Train" by Conor and Jay (Craig Conner, Julie Wemyss) (1998/2005)
"The One For Me" by Cloud 19 (Will Morton) (1998/2005)
"Feel The Pain" by Purser (Will Morton, Chris Morton) (1998/2005)
"Free Yourself" by L. Marie + Raff (Craig Conner) (1998/2005)
"Drive" by 15 Ways (Colin Entwistle) (1998/2005)
"Welcome to the Real World" by Rosco Stow (Craig Conner) (1998/2005)
"Keep Dreaming" by Vanilla Smoothie (Alastair MacGregor) (1998/2005)

Deleted songs

Grand Theft Auto III

Prominent Appearances in Storyline

Individual tracks
  • "Stripe Summer" by Dil-Don't (Craig Conner) will play during Give Me Liberty.




Grand Theft Auto 2

  • The logo is somewhat phallic-shaped. Additionally, the man's head by itself also resembles a penis, with the chin being the tip.
  • Bula Matari's "Taxi Drivers" was censored in the PlayStation version of the game. Swear words were interrupted by the sounds of horns.
  • During the last speech of Phanny Joe Styles, it plays Slumpussy's Gangster Friday, the scores screen theme and credits theme from GTA.
  • In Rockstar Radio it plays Ohjaamo's "Complications" (a song from the GTA rendition of Head Radio) during Jill Tasker's weather report.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • A pedestrian going by the name of "Brad" wearing a blue cap and chequered shirt can be heard singing songs from this station and Flashback FM to himself.

Grand Theft Auto Advance

  • The soundtrack includes instrumental versions of Apostles of Funk's "Yellow Butter" and The One's "Southpark" (songs from the GTA 2 rendition of Head Radio).

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • The logo says "Give Head Radio A Listen This Weekend". "Giving Head" is a slang term for oral sex.
  • Purser's singles can be seen advertised on billboards throughout Liberty City. Purser's is advertised as "Feel the Pain".
  • Before the song "Feel the Pain" by Purser plays, Michael makes a reference to the song We Built This City by Starship. This song would later be featured in the soundtrack for Los Santos Rock Radio in the PS4, Xbox One & PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • "The One for Me", "Feel the Pain" and "Drive" are available as ringtones.
  • It is possible to see the album for "Feel the Pain" by Purser in various bars and safehouses, alongside other 3D Universe singles.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The logo of Head Radio from GTA Liberty City Stories can be seen on the Sultan Classic when applying the "Fukaru Racing" livery.
  • It is possible to see the album cover of "Feel the Pain" by Purser in Arcades at the Juke-box, alongside other 3D Universe singles.

See Also


  1. (Flash version) -> Map -> Staunton Island -> KBDDF Radio.

  2. Michael Hunt stated that the station played "the rock of Liberty City for 60 years" in Grand Theft Auto III.
  3. This is something that is even stated in the credits of the songs, where it says "Head Radio (CHART)".
  4. GTA III German PS2 Trailer

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