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Radio
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The radio in Silent Hill 3
Description
"Portable radio that emits static when monsters are near."
Purpose
Alerts players of monsters
Location
Varies
Variants
None
Appearances
All games
What's going on with that radio?
—Harry Mason

The Radio is an item usually found early in every Silent Hill game. The radio's main function is to alert the protagonist to the presence of monsters by emitting static. While the radios of the various games take different forms and styles, in each game, the protagonist finds one and it remains an indispensable tool in the series. The radios can be turned off, though doing so rarely has any benefit. In some games, monsters can hear the static and become alerted if the protagonist walks too close to them.

Not all monsters are detected by the radio. Mannequins, for example, do not register on the radio until they move. Slurpers have also been known to sneak by the radio. Many of the protagonists complain about the radio being broken upon finding it.

The first appearance of the radio is often heralded by the first monster encounter.

Silent Hill

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The radio in Silent Hill.

"Portable radio that emits static when monsters are near."

Harry Mason acquires a radio at the Cafe 5to2 diner on a table at the far right of the cafe. Upon close inspection, it appears to be broken and Harry doesn't take it. However, as he is leaving the diner, the radio begins picking up static. When Harry investigates the sound coming from the radio, an Air Screamer crashes into the diner and attacks him.  Following this, the player can attain the radio; if attempted to retrieve prior to the Air Screamer attack, Harry will make nothing of it sitting on the table.

Silent Hill 2

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The radio in Silent Hill 2.

"Small portable radio. Emits static when monsters are nearby."

The radio in Silent Hill 2 is found immediately before the first enemy battle. James Sunderland picks up the already-active static spewing radio, which is detecting the presence of a nearby Lying Figure, down at Vachss Road. In the Brookhaven Hospital elevator, the radio picks up a transmission of a fictional game show in which James is called as a contestant. The game show's questions are clues used to unlock a locked chest containing ammunition and healing items.

Silent Hill 3

" It's a small portable radio. It plays static when monsters get close."

In Silent Hill 3, Heather Mason finds her radio dropped through the roof of an elevator at Central Square Shopping Center after a shift to the Otherworld occurs. It is not explained how or why this happens, but it is hinted that Valtiel is the one that gives it to her.

Silent Hill 4: The Room

In Silent Hill 4: The Room, the radio is not portable, but rather a permanent fixture in Room 302. Henry Townshend can't take it with him, and as a result has no warning system against monsters. It does, however, detect the presence of Hauntings in the apartment when turned on. This radio actually works when not spewing static, and Henry can listen to it to keep track of current events out in the "Real World." Usually, the "Real World" events are news casts of victims from Walter Sullivan. There is a report that the killer is pronounced dead, yet victims like Walter's continue to be reported and are attributed to a "copycat". Additionally it can be used to listen to a tape memo.

Silent Hill: The Arcade

In Silent Hill: The Arcade, Eric and Tina pick the radio up along with two handguns at the beginning of the game. Although the radio is present throughout all the game, it makes no noticeable static. Its appearance is based on the one from Silent Hill 3. If the Bad Ending is achieved, Eric finds the radio and Hanna's voice asks, "Why didn't you rescue me?"

Silent Hill: Origins

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Travis Grady's radio.

In Silent Hill: Origins, Travis Grady has his own portable radio from the very beginning. Whenever a monster appears the screen shows traces of static; once the monster is killed the screen returns to normal.

Silent Hill: Homecoming

In Silent Hill: Homecoming, the radio is actually a walkie-talkie (radio transceiver). It is given to Alex Shepherd by Elle Holloway so that they can keep in touch. Alex uses it to communicate with her and Deputy Wheeler throughout the game.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

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The phone in Shattered Memories.

In Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, the role of the radio is taken by Harry Mason's phone, which also utilizes photo technology and text messaging. It beeps louder and faster whenever Harry comes close to a Raw Shock or is about to receive a voice mail, digital picture, or text message.

Silent Hill: Downpour

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Murphy Pendleton's radio.

The radio in Silent Hill: Downpour, like the radio in Homecoming, takes the form of a walkie-talkie. Examining it, Murphy Pendleton will say "A two way walkie-talkie." Murphy picks it up near the prison bus at the start of the game. Grabbing it is not mandatory, so other walkie-talkies can periodically be found around town in case the player forgets or does not see it. Rather than just static, the walkie-talkie also seems to release incomprehensible police dispatch conversations.

Additionally, radios transmitting WLMN FM can be found all over the town.

P.T.

P.T. Radio

The radio in P.T.

Though there is no pocket radio in P.T., a permanent radio is still present on a shelf in the hallway, in a similar fashion to Silent Hill 4 : The Room. At the beginning of the game, it broadcasts a rather gloomy announcement about a series of murders, including a pregnant woman. As the game goes on, and once again similarly to Silent Hill 4, disturbing messages emerge from the radio, asking the player to turn around or forbidding him to change the station.

Silent Hill film

In the Silent Hill film, all communications electronics seem to pick up the presence of monsters. Although there isn't an actual radio, Cybil Bennett's walkie-talkie and Rose Da Silva's cellphone serve the purpose. Both pick up static near the beginning due to the presence of the Armless Man. After that, no more static is picked up despite the coming and going of monsters throughout the rest of the movie.

Trivia

  • There is a myth stating that radio static can be used to communicate with dead people. The idea of the radio in Silent Hill detecting monsters by emitting white noise could have been derived from this myth. Also, some paranormal investigators use an instrument that scans radio frequencies to pick up voices of the dead.
  • Team Silent wanted the player to embrace the aspect of fear, believing that "what you know is there, but you can't see" is the most effective way to shake the player; thus, the concept of the radio was born.
  • In Silent Hill 2, James examines the radio after killing the Lying Figure in Vachs Road. As static emits from it, Mary's voice can be heard reaching out to James. [1] This supports the relation of the myth about being able to communicate with the dead using radio static. However, this may also be another manifestation of James' subconscious guilt like most of the creatures in the game.
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Characters
Major Characters
Travis Grady - Richard Grady - Helen Grady - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Michael Kaufmann - Lisa Garland
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Jodie Mason - Cheryl Mason - Mira - Greys
Monsters
Alessa's Dream - Ariel - Butcher - Caliban - Carrion - Faceless Nurse - Momma - Remnant - Sad Daddy - Straightjacket - Two-Back
Weapons
Alcohol Bottle - Baton - Broken Pole - Crate - Drip Stand - Fire Axe - Filing Cabinet - Great Cleaver - Hammer - Handgun - Hand-to-Hand - Iron Weights - Jagged Wood - Katana - Knife - Light Stand - Meat Cleaver - Meat Gaff - Meat Hook - Moon Gauntlets - Pitchfork - Poker - Pool Cue - Portable TV - Razor - Revolver - Rifle - Scalpel - Screwdriver - Shotgun - Shovel - Spear - Tesla Rifle - Tire Iron - Toaster - Toolbox - Typewriter - Wrench
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Andy's Books - Artaud Theater - Cedar Grove Sanitarium - Central Silent Hill - General Store - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Greenfield Apartments - Lumber Yard - Nowhere - Public Records Office - Riverside Motel - The Family Butcher
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Mirror - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Lisa Garland - Cybil Bennett - Michael Kaufmann
Other Characters
Jodie Mason - Heather Mason - K. Gordon - Greys
Monsters
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Puppet Cybil Bennett - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
Weapons
Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Balkan Church - Cafe 5to2 - Central Silent Hill - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Indian Runner - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse - Midwich Elementary School - Norman's Motel - Nowhere - Queen Burger - Resort Area - Sewers - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center - Toluca Lake - Old Silent Hill - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Angela Orosco - Laura - Eddie Dombrowski - Maria
Other Characters
Ernest Baldwin - Amy Baldwin - Mary's Doctor - Rachel - Thomas Orosco - Mrs. Orosco - Jennifer Carroll - Patrick Chester - Mira - Harry Mason - Greys - Scott Fairbanks - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Abstract Daddy - Bubble Head Nurse - Creeper - Flesh Lip - Lying Figure - Mandarin - Mannequin - Mary - Prisoners - Pyramid Head
Weapons
Chainsaw - Chinese Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Pipe - Revolver - Rifle - Shotgun - Wooden Plank
Locations
Baldwin Mansion - Blue Creek Apartments - Brookhaven Hospital - Heaven's Night - Jacks Inn - Labyrinth - Lakeview Hotel - Neely's Bar - Observation Deck - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill Historical Society - Toluca Graveyard - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Island - Toluca Prison - Wood Side Apartments - Vachss Road - Church of the Rebirth - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Siren - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Memos - Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Heather Mason - Douglas Cartland - Vincent Smith - Claudia Wolf
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Leonard Wolf - Stanley Coleman - Lisa Garland - Jennifer Carroll - Joseph Schreiber - James Sunderland - Greys - Happy Birthday Caller - Danny - Confessor - Greys - Robbie the Rabbit
Weapons
Beam Saber - Flamethrower - Handgun - Katana - Knife - Maul - Pipe - Shotgun - Stun Gun - Submachine Gun - Unlimited Submachine Gun
Monsters
Closer - Double Head - Glutton - God - Insane Cancer - Leonard Wolf - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Monster in Locker - Numb Body - Nurse - Pendulum - Scraper - Sewer Monster - Slurper - Split Worm - Valtiel
Locations
Borley Haunted Mansion - Brookhaven Hospital - Central Square Shopping Center - Chapel - Construction Site - Daisy Villa Apartments - Happy Burger - Hazel Street Station - Heaven's Night - Hilltop Center - Jacks Inn - KMN Auto Parts - Lakeside Amusement Park - Last Drop Cafe - Underpass
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Henry Townshend - Eileen Galvin - Walter Sullivan - Cynthia Velasquez - Jasper Gein - Andrew DeSalvo - Richard Braintree - Joseph Schreiber
Other Characters
Frank Sunderland - Billy Locane - Bobby Randolph - Eric Walsh - George Rosten - Jimmy Stone - Mike - Miriam Locane - Peter Walls - Rachel - Rick Albert - Robbie the Rabbit - Sein Martin - Sharon Blake - Steve Garland - Toby Archbolt - William Gregory - James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland
Weapons
Aluminum Bat - Chainsaw - Handgun - Submachine Gun - Knife - Pipe - Bug Spray - Chain - Eileen's Bag - Golf Club - Nightstick - Pickaxe of Despair - Revolver - Rusty Axe - Riding Crop - Spade - Stun Gun - Torch - Wine Bottle
Monsters
Bottom - Conjurer - Ghost - Greedy Worm - Gum Head - Hummer - Patient - Sniffer Dog - The One Truth - Toadstool - Tremer - Twin Victim - Wall Man - Wheelchair
Locations
Albert's Sporting Goods - Ashfield - Bar Southfield - Garland's - Hotel South Ashfield - Room 302 - Room 302 of the Past - South Ashfield Heights - South Ashfield Station - Spiral Staircase - St. Jerome's Hospital - Toluca Lake - Water Prison - Wish House Orphanage
Terms
21 Sacraments - Death Machine - Haunting - Holy Candle - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Real World - Ritual of the Holy Assumption - Saint Medallion - Sword of Obedience - The Order - Walter's Otherworlds - Great Knife - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos
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Characters
Main Characters
Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
Other Characters
Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
Families
Bartlett Family - Fitch Family - Holloway Family - Shepherd Family
Monsters
Amnion - Asphyxia - Bogeyman - Feral - Lurker - Needler - Nurse - Scarlet - Schism - Sepulcher - Siam - Smog - Swarm
Weapons
12 Gauge Shotgun - BlueSteel Shotgun - Chrome Hammer Pistol - Ceremonial Dagger - Circular Saw - Combat Knife - Crowbar - Fire Axe - Laser Pistol - M14 Assault Rifle - Mk 23 Handgun - Police Marksman Rifle - Pulaski Axe - Steel Pipe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Boiler Room - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - Dog House
Terms
Bogeyman Knife - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - The Order - Walkie Talkie - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Items - Memos
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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Dahlia Mason - Dr. Kaufmann - Cybil Bennett - Michelle Valdez
Other Characters
Bar Maid - The Stewarts - Mr. Gordon - Lisa Garland - John - James Sunderland - Mira - Greys
Monsters
Raw Shock - Larval Stalker
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Alice Darling Memorial Playground - Annie's Bar - The Balkan - Caldecotte Woods - Cat House - Cine-Real - Clear Picture - Diner 52 - Dog House - Good Ol' Days - Green Lion Pawn Shop - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse Clinic - Midwich High School - Nightingale Apartments - Orion Hunting Lodge - The Orpheus - Orridge Bridge Control Room - Resort Area - Sewers - Theresa's - Toluca Lake - Toluca Mall - Wonderland Burger
Terms
Echo Photos - Flare - Flashlight - Harry's Phone - Real World - Ice World - Memento - Phone Numbers - Psych Profile - Tookie the Toucan - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Secrets and Unlockables - Soundtrack
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Characters
Major Characters
Murphy Pendleton - Charlie Pendleton - Carol Pendleton - Anne Marie Cunningham - Howard Blackwood - John Sater - Patrick Napier - Frank Coleridge - George Sewell - Bobby Ricks - Nun
Other Characters
Sanchez - Homer - M. Koons - Bryan Handley - Ariadne Johnson - Melissa Matlan - Glen Milton - Ricky - Daniel Stephens - Chloe Zane - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - James Sunderland
Weapons
Baseball Bat - Bogeyman's Hammer - Bottle - Brick - Chair - Colt - Crowbar - Demon Statue - Double Headed Axe - Fire Axe - Fire Extinguisher - Fork - Frying Pan - Golden Gun - Golf Club - Hammer - Handle - Hand-to-Hand - Hatchet - Ladder Hook - Knife - Lamp - Meat Cleaver - Nailgun - Pickaxe - Pitchfork - Plank - Rake - Rifle - Rock - Shotgun - Shovel - Steel Pipe - Vase - Wrench - Tomahawk
Monsters
Bogeyman - Doll (Shadow) - Monocle Man - Nurse - Prisoner Juggernaut - Prisoner Minion - Pyramid Head - Screamer - Tormented Soul - Void - Wall Corpse - Weeping Bat - Wheelman
Locations
Aerial Tram Station - Centennial Building - Chastain Heights - Chastain Heights Cinema - Devil's Pit - Devil's Pitstop - Interstate Gas Station - Hardware Store - Hillside - Logan's Park - Monroe Cemetery - Overlook Penitentiary - Pearl Creek - Pearl Creek Bank - Pleasant River - Port District - Ryall State Prison - St. Maria's Monastery - Underground Subway - Toluca Lake
Terms
Trinkets - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Sidequest - Siren - Walkie-talkie - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - Welcome Sign - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos

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