“Alright, I think it's time for everybody's favorite part of the broadcast, and I'm talkin' about RADIO GRAFFITI!!!”—Ghost
Radio Graffiti is the segment of Ghost's show, where callers have 5 seconds to say whatever it is they want to say. This is easily the most famous portion of Ghost's broadcast, and it's the sole reason the majority of his fans listen in, although quite a few take his other portions of the show more seriously, and even a handful have expressed a negative opinion of the segment, because it causes Ghost to degrade himself and the point of the show. Each episode's segment is promptly uploaded onto YouTube by DarkRazorZ and Elfoxoloco, and receives thousands of views within a week.
When Ghost moved the show to ghost.report in May 2018, he stopped doing Radio Graffiti (aside from three instances were he did) to keep the broadcast serious. Since then, the trolls have began to annoy another BTR host by the name of TonyTalk. Upon moving to YouTube with The Ghost Show, Ghost brought back Radio Graffiti.
A general history of Radio Graffiti
See the Chronology page for information on Ghost's show during some of these events, and further explanation.
Radio Graffiti began on June 8th, 2011 as an attempt to direct trolls away from the rest of his broadcast. The first four or so shows were of little significance, filled with Gabe Newell calls, soundboards, and Dunlop145 (now an inactive caller as of the return) playing loud music for Ghost, who usually reacted in irritation. The very first Radio Graffiti caller was Dunlop145 playing "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.
Everything changed on June 17th, 2011, when the first large 4chan raid was conducted, with the majority of the calls taking place during the new segment - Fuck You Texas was played at least thirty times, and became a meme amongst listeners for a while. DarkRazorZ uploaded 15 minutes of that Radio Graffiti onto YouTube, and it instantly became a hit. For the rest of June (another six or so shows), Ghost was raided by even more /b/tards, along with people from Facepunch and 9gag. The Bronies arrived in massive numbers soon after, and quickly became his nemesis. His term, 'Melting Pot of Friendship', became a hit in some internet communities, and conducting raids on the so called' nice guy' became commonplace afterwards, with his own set of trolls that decided to stay and listen some more.
July was marked with a similar pace to June - Newfags insulting Ghost, and finding his weak spots to use against him later on. Although many calls were Helen Keller Deaf Mutes and fails, the trolls quickly learned how to perfect their act if they could not speak directly to Ghost himself. The first splice, (And all of you assholes...) was played on the show on July 11th, 2011, with Ghost reacting in absolute rage for 7 minutes. Many more followed, and splicing Ghost with controversial words, racist slurs, and sexual puns became commonplace on the broadcast. Ghost started to become very upset at being besmirched in this fashion, but continued his show nonetheless. He actually rage-quitted on July 8th, 2011, leaving no Radio Graffiti for that day, and only conducted three episodes within a span of three weeks. After July 22, 2011's episode, he took a full week off.
August and September 2011 were the arrival of remixes - music files with Ghost's voice (usually in a karaoke-like fashion) played on top, to make it sound like he recorded and tried to sing the song himself. Ghost was not amused, especially when splices were utilized in the middle of them. However, the 'god' of all remixes is the Melting Pot of Alcohol by DJ AlexS, debuting on the August 23rd show. A dubstep song at five minutes in length, it is a high quality full fledged song, and contains bits of audio of Ghost from his July shows. Ghost placed this song on his ever growing Shitlist, and threatened Punitive Damages against the horde of remixes (none of these videos were ever removed directly through Ghost, yet a few disappeared following the show's end due to DMCA claims). The situation did not improve in September, when he began to realize that any time he sung a popular song, it would be sampled back to him the next show as a remix. This was the case for all kinds of songs - 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Kids in America' and even the 1950s song 'I'm Your Puppet'. To Ghost's annoyance, the trolls celebrated Christmas three months early by playing carols and wishing him many presents, to which he raged hard at (since that goes against his Capitalist message), especially when a remix of the Grinch Song was played on the 20th of September.
Ghost had multiple Rage Quits in August (mostly due to splices and fruity callers), and compensated for a very drunken and angry Baller Friday with a 'Special Saturday' show the next morning (the 27th). It filled up with trolls within an hour, and BlogTalkRadio accidentally cut the connection to the broadcast short, leaving his 'apology' mostly unresolved.
Throughout October and November 2011 remixes got better, trolls came up with new content to annoy Ghost (specifically the death of Steve Jobs, and the utilization of Twitter Names to disgust him), and a handful of shows were longer than usual. Ghost was beginning to enjoy doing 'After Show ', where after the 3 hour mark has passed, the show feed continues for callers still on the line. Radio Graffiti (and sometimes Chatroom Shoutouts) continue way past their intended mark as a result. Ghost's support for Herman "Sugar" Cain led to a series of racist calls and splices, and he was very upset at the slander thrown at 'his man'.
Trolling content always varied as weeks went by - for a while, Fuck You Texas pissed Ghost off more than anything, yet not long after it lost it's merit. The 'Hambone' (a nickname Ghost uses for fat people who use motor-scooters to 'waddle around' in shopping malls and movie theatres) trend begun in October, and Ghost became very angry at anyone who called him one, or used it in a splice, yet by December, it had fizzled out since callers had overused it.
December 2011 was a changing month for Ghost - he introduced a new avatar, and had numerous rages (almost as severe as those from True Conservative Radio) against callers during the show, and questioned his reasons for even continuing it. Following a ragequit on the 6th the Engineer, to everyone's shock and delight, took over the show for about 15 minutes, leading to one of the strangest moments of the broadcast's history. The day after, spamming 'Engineer is the Talent' would anger Ghost more than anything, and he almost fired the tardy troublemaker when he did it again on the 14th. Ghost's Grandmother became a frequent topic of discussion for callers, which enraged Ghost beyond belief, since his Granny "was a pious woman...she never cursed a day in her life and gave food to the neighbors next door....". The Ghosties (on the New Years Eve broadcast) were a special award ceremony to commemorate the Troll Terrorists who had worked hard to create their material to use against Ghost.
January 2012 featured a mass of spam against Ghost's Granny - most notably a pair of splices and dozens of calls mocking her. Ghost took no amusement in this, and lost his temper quite a few times during the segment as a result. During the Shorty Awards, callers would praise Ghost on his slow rise up (and eventual victory over notSam), or mock him based on what their views of his part in the voting race was.
The events of Troll War III did little to impact Radio Graffiti, but those that followed featured a much angrier Ghost more prone to snapping at failtrolls and giving out numbers live on the air. A steady increase in listeners gave way to many new trolls - such as the 'Mom, shut the fuck up' guy and the now-infamous Coodoo17.
While Ghost missed many days in his last few months of True Capitalist Radio, the last fifteen or so broadcasts are generally ranked as some of the best, such as the 4/20 show and the Last Episode on May 15th, 2012 - where Coodoo premiered some of his beloved remixes, and Ghost had rage quit after almost every show.
Ghost announced he returned to a regular broadcast schedule which started in April 2016, however it ended up being 5 days after he made that announcement. Radio Graffiti was put to a poll on Twitter the day before the show, and the results showed that a majority of viewers wanted it to return. As a result, Radio Graffiti has now returned as a part of the show every episode since Ghost's return.
April 2016 started off with the Big Jack calls, which was a forced trend after a caller from area code 712 tried to force it, but ultimately did not work due to negative reception from trolls. Not long after, the Crippled Ghost troll took off, which elicited quite a bit of rage from Ghost. Due to a lot of remixes and splices of Ghost being crippled got him quite angry. Texas encountering a lot of rainfall inspired plenty of Radio Graffiti trolls, which caused rage not seen since the 2011 Texas Wildfires rage. Anime splices and modifying Ghost's intro also debuted at the end of the month.
May 2016 continued the cripple, Texas Floods and soon Mid-Show Splices were born when the Daniel Bryan Splices took segments of what Ghost said and played "Flight of the Valkyries" of what he said during the show. This at first caused a lot of Ghost to rage, but due to how much airtime it took, fans took near-universal repulsion from it. As a result, the troll was replaced with Half a Tard, Satanic, and Cartoon Ghost, with each edit causing more anger than the last. Racist Songs made a short-lived return before becoming infrequent for a while. After then-President Obama lifted the embargo to Vietnam, it became a favorite target for trolls, opening up a very sore spot for Ghost. It caused one episode to nearly be taken down due to Vietnam-related trolling, but it ended up surviving.
June 2016 saw the flooding splices end, but during the June 6 show's Radio Graffiti segment, trolls continuously brought up MaskedPony's diaper fetish during that show. It ended up having MaskedPony being the first caller to be banned during Ghost's return. Despite Skype no longer being supported by BlogTalkRadio, it did not stop the trolls calling in. Intro calls would dominate this and the following month, each time referencing a then-recent event, whether on Ghost's show or in the world. The five-year anniversary of Fuck You Texas was celebrated with chain-calls of the song, or people referencing it.
July 2016 saw Christmas trolling return in almost five years, where people called in with Christmas songs, usually via Chain-Call Trolling. Pokémon splices appeared throughout the month, and one episode had the bike theme from Pokémon Red/Blue chain-called, causing Ghost to go insane on July 22, 2016's Baller Friday episode. Sometime near the end of the month, people immediately liked the Woodshed segment and that became a popular troll target during Radio Graffiti.
August 2016 saw 'Music Blasphemy' as a new trolling tactic, which takes what Ghost thinks as good music and mixing it with someone who Ghost hates. (e.g. Stevie Ray Vaughan with Eminem) By this time, Mid-Show Splices of things Ghost said were common, especially where Ghost fell for a phonetic name involving the N-word. Nickelback was also a popular candidate for "Music Blasphemy," and the Vibrator was also a common troll, despite KneeSlappington no longer being a caller on the show. Woodshed-related trolling continued, this time with remixes and splices, the latter usually containing sick, sadistic versions of the Woodshed. After the Double Dipping Incident, calls involving the incident were also common, including a remix of the "Double Dip" sung to the tune of the Monster Mash.
September 2016 was more of the same. Twilie Atkins started off the first Baller Friday of September with her Fluttershy impersonation, which caused three cans.wav in three different calls. Racist splices of Ghost were common, sometimes with chimpanzee noises. His move to San Antonio from Austin had references to the city on one show, causing disgust. Towards the end of September, the autograph war between Team Ghost and Team Engineer reached its peak which poured into Radio Graffiti, ending in what Ghost considered the worst episode he has ever done.
October 2016 began "Betrayal Month", where people in the Inner Circle "betrayed" Ghost. It quickly took a dark turn when G admitted he was "Toilet Guy," a Tub Guy ripoff, in Episode 367. It resulted in Ghost ending the show prematurely, and G threatening to kill himself. This brought the show to its near end, only for G to fake the suicide for views. This incident had G banished from the Inner Circle chat until he matured. Boss Nigger instrument remixes were a theme, After nearly five years of hating the Ghostler moniker, he embraced it. Around this time, the Tell Me Lies trend started, which at first got Ghost annoyed, but due to overuse, it eventually wore thin on him and the trolls.
As a consequence of Ghost's run-in with the San Antonio Police Department because of Templeton biting Ghost, splices of him dying, some of which had the Engineer cheering his death became popular. After a hostile argument between Teutonic Plague and Asho happened during Radio Graffiti on Episode 379, where Teutonic had no qualms killing a dog, Templeton autographs were given out three days later. On Episode 382, after the fifty paw prints sold, news of his ban was greeted during that episode's Radio Graffiti with music like "(Hey Hey Hey) Kiss Him Goodbye," "Celebrate" by Kool and the Gang, and Ding Dong (the Witch is Dead) from the Wizard of Oz. And to add to Ghost's upset, Teutonic admitted that he was a brony, causing Ghost to react in a manner similar to his reaction to Masked's diaper fetish.
November 2016, as a result of Donald Trump winning the U.S. Presidential Election, Ghost continued True Capitalist Radio and to an extent, Radio Graffiti. More sick sadistic splices continued, with Christmas-related trolling bringing in the new month. Towards the end of the month, Pizzagate splices were attempted, and he sometimes did not rage at the trolls. Instead, he threatened the splicer(s) responsible with doxing or Penix 2.0.
December 2016 started the month off with betrayal. Right after Trumping Capitalist called Ghost a Hambone, Ghost decided to bring back the Teutonic Plague, who ended up betraying him as well by praising the Engineer. During Episode 415, Templeton crapped on Ghost's carpet, leading to splices and calls related to the incident. Big Smoke chain calls dominated the last days of the year. Cleveland Show Calls debuted during the month, which is a common failtroll tactic. Despite its overwhelmingly negative reception, it was commonly used to annoy both Ghost and the trolls until the end of March 2018.
In January 2017, Ghost was hit with more and more Big Smoke chain-calls in the first week of the broadcast. On the first Baller Friday of 2017, Ghost stated that the trolls ruined his beginning of the year. The trolling eventually went to the point where, in Episode 432, Ghost completely snapped and started yelling unintelligibly, and eventually Rage Quit due to trolls on Twitter posting images of a crippled cosplayer and Boogie in a bathtub. The next day, Ghost was highly offended and enraged by a failtroll making a Pizzagate joke and then proceeding to provoke him more. He then gave out the caller's number and rage quitted. Multiple chatrooms then confronted the caller, and once Tub Guy's chatroom confronted him, the caller said that he was the one making the Cleveland calls and that he would call in more. After Episode 434, the caller was doxed. However, the Cleveland calls still continued. He then considered getting rid of Radio Graffiti temporarily or charging people for it during Episode 441, but neither ideas never came to fruition.
February 2017 saw Radio Graffiti's time beginning to be shortened due to the show's changing format. The African Booty Scratcher by now was a common caller and called in with mid-show splices that angered Ghost. Short Bus trolls were also common, including a carol sung to the theme of the Flintstones on Episode 446. By the end of February 2017, the autograph battle between Mr. Optimism and Mr. Fortune Cookie ensued. (see "Mr. Optimism vs Mr. Fortune Cookie and Radio Graffiti's future" section for more information)
March 2017 saw the debut of the Saturday Night Troll Show, which had longer Radio Graffiti sessions take place. Weekday shows, however, had seen segments cut down to ten minutes, or sometimes it was not done at all. For most of the month, Butter and alcoholic calls were common, with the latter being a trend due to Ghost trying to stop drinking. Other than that, it was either anti-Arab Prince, terrorist or anti-RaidenSnake calls. By this point, it wasn't uncommon for a show to end with Ghost smashing cans and screaming like a maniac.
April and May 2017 started winding down the end of the Return-era. Anti-RaidenSnake calls were very common during most of April, including the first Rick & Morty splice. There were also splices in the first week that had either made fun of Ghost's dick hole story or the then-recent gas attack in Syria. By the end of the Return, the common trolling targets were either The Cupcake Lady or Mrs. Ghost's car accident that was caused by a squirrel.
Format and Style
Ghost will always announce when Radio Graffiti begins (roughly around 150 minutes into the show), as it differs from regular calls on the show - rather than let you speak about a subject, he gives you about 5 seconds to say whatever you wish on the air - of course what you say can easily completely change his mood around depending on how it is executed, and if you're lucky.
Ghost picks a number from the top of his list of callers (sometimes the bottom or middle), announces its area code (or name), and places it on the air (be wary and pay attention, area codes like 111/*67, 646, 512, 352 and 210 are very common, and he does not say the rest of the number). Once he's through with it (unless he wishes to inquire further about a troll or continue to listen to something being played) he hangs up on the caller, to keep everything flowing. He changes to Skype names (from June 2016 to June 2018, anonymous numbers) whenever he feels like it, or if regular numbers are only deaf mutes and Jerk Dicks.
It is not guaranteed that you will be picked up on during a session of the segment, but if you call in sooner rather than remaining on hold for most of the show, then you're most likely going to be one of the first callers. Ghost sometimes takes a short break during Radio Graffiti (usually in the last 10 minutes of the show) if he is especially angry, or if he needs to switch microphones. If he's in a good mood, he will continue into After Show to pick up all of his remaining callers.
Generally a popular Remixer like NavyHuskie, CosmoBrockington or TheChizz will be picked up on last, as Ghost knows by now that they always have some new clip to enrage him, and thus end the show off well (for the listeners at least). Sometimes he will continue into After Show none the less.
Usually Ghost comments on the content of a call, but sometimes he simply drops an "OK..." or "Shut up (you idiot).". It takes pure luck to get a real reaction from Ghost, yet your chance of success increases greatly if you use Skype or a great quality microphone to play your remix or speak to him. Sometimes he may not say anything and will move on. When in Radio Graffiti, Ghost usually announces an area code, Skype name (from June 2011 to June 2016; after that it was Anonymous) and adds "Radio Graffiti" instead of "You're on the Horn" or "What's up?" like prior.
If you are a new listener, read this article to understand what you should not do when you call in during Radio Graffiti. We here at the TCR Wiki genuinely implore you do to so, as Ghost gives out full phone numbers of failtrolls, and places these numbers on a special 'list' for him to revisit in the future. With the arrival of dox wars on True Capitalist Radio after Episode 205, it is suggested that you don't make yourself a target.
If you are a well-known troll, or a long time caller (eg, Tzeki, Xarahox, EquestrianCitizen978, Ghetto Capitalist), you will have more than 5 seconds. Ghost evidently did not catch up with certain Skype name trolls even after they have called in for a long period of time (for example TaraStrong, any of IbanEzzo's names, or TexasTroll), so it's fine to use certain accounts over and over (unless the name is derogatory or disgusting). Having multiple Skype names is a good tactic to get on the show multiple times, yet Ghost always gives regular numbers priority, despite the majority of them being failtrolls. If you ask Ghost to place you back on hold rather than speak out during the segment, he will grant your request (most of the time), and you can continue to listen without agitating him. Another way to be nice to him is to simply say "I love your show man!" or "Happy Baller Friday/Taco Tuesday'!" to remain in the queue without being kicked off.
Some other BlogTalkRadio hosts and fans of Ghost's show have created their own segments on their shows
copying parodying Ghost: most notably PonyToast's 'Internet Vandalism' and Goofy Bone's infrequent 'Bean and Cheese Graffiti'.
After The Return
Since the return of Ghost from Episode 227 and beyond a barrage of complaints/comments from followers' multiple social media sites as well as chatrooms indicate the reduced air time of Radio Graffiti when compared to previous pre-2016 shows. A variety of listeners/callers suggested that a reduction in time and quality of Radio Graffiti is attributed to "newfags" "srsfags". Comments made by people on Twitter, TinyChat and other mediums after the show attempt to create dialogue among fellow trolls to contribute more substance and some level of organisation in their tactics to avoid "newfags" or "srsfags" having majority stake in airtime.
Mr. Optimism vs Mr. Fortune Cookie and Radio Graffiti's future
Following a few months of sub-par Radio Graffitis, plagued with Cleveland Show Calls, HKDMs, failtrolls and Obamaphones, Ghost sold Mr. Optimism and Mr. Fortune Cookie's autographs, and made a deal: If Mr. Fortune Cookie wins, he has to do 40 minutes of Radio Graffiti every show from now on. People began to buy out the Fortune Cookie autographs in large quanitites, causing Ghost to rage at them just for doing so much like he did during the TCR Civil War, and act like a whiny little bitch in general. After a week, and many dramas along the way, Ghost pulled down the autographs with Mr. Optimism being the victor. Due to massive backlash and threats against the Inner Circle, Ghost decided to compromise with the trolls, and started the Saturday Night Troll Show, which contains a full hour of Radio Graffiti. However, Radio Graffiti in the main show had been dramatically shortened and was infrequent.
After Ghost came back from The Break, Radio Graffiti returned to the show, which ended up making the Mr. Optimism win a Pyrrhic victory in hindsight.
Cancellation and Return
In Episode 562 of True Capitalist Radio, Ghost had stated that he will no longer do Radio Graffiti in subsequent broadcasts because he wanted the show to be taken more seriously, rather than "entertainment for tards". True to his word, on the following show, he did not do Radio Graffiti. A caller appealed to Ghost on Episode 567, but Ghost reiterated his point that he did not want to do the segment anymore.
On Episode 572, Ghost was bombarded with posts to bring back Radio Graffiti, with many trolls offering to buy many autographs in order to bring it back. The following day, Ghost put up a poll asking if TCR listeners seriously want Radio Graffiti back, with 46% saying Yes, 50% saying No, and 4% saying they're not sure (despite people making multiple accounts in an attempt to rig the vote). The results, at the time, showed a potential lowered interest in Radio Graffiti from fans and trolls alike, acknowledging the decline in quality Radio Graffiti underwent during Late 2017 and Early 2018. Ghost would comment on the results of this poll so far on Episode 573, recognizing the abundance of yes votes. He would contemplate the possibility of bringing back the Saturday Night Troll Show instead by uploading a video with more information the next day. This, however, did not come to pass.
On Episode 577, to the surprise of many, Ghost would conduct Radio Graffiti for the first time since his last episode on Blogtalk. He would go on and state that if people wanted Radio Graffiti, they would have to donate to his cryptocurrency wishing well in ghost.report
The following show, Ghost would note the lack of donations in his Crypto wishing well, instead offering the trolls Radio Graffiti if he got more subscribers on Gab. However, the following show, being fed up with the lack of interest and the crowd the segment was attracting, Ghost would once again eliminate Radio Graffiti and Shoutouts entirely from the show.
Ghost brought back Radio Graffiti again on Episode 600 in celebration of this milestone. Surprisingly, he received no trolls at all aside from a few non-serious callers. Most of the callers either called out QAnon or insulted KaraszKun. One caller notified Ghost that the trolls having been annoying another BTR host by the name of TonyTalk, and that Tony blamed Ghost for being the cause of this. Ghost didn't seem to care much and restated his point on no longer being 'entertainment for tards', saying that the trolls should bother Tony instead of him.
Imitations and rip-offs
- PonyToast (host of True Equestria Radio) has an end-of-show segment called "Internet Vandalism", which is openly based on Radio Graffiti.
- Goofy Bone (host of 186.DUCE) has his own version of Radio Graffiti called "Bean and Cheese Graffiti", named as such after Ghost claimed Goofy's version to being a 'bean and cheese' version of his, due to his Mexican nationality.
- In a surprising turn of events, liberal political commentator Alan Colmes (a man Ghost has an admitted severe dislike for) has a segment on his nationally syndicated radio show, The Alan Colmes Show, called Radio Graffiti. His segment is very similar to Ghost's, though callers are allowed to say one sentence instead of three to four seconds. Whether he got the idea from Ghost or vice-versa is unknown.
- KingEdUndead (one of Ghost's Inner Circle Short Bus Members) earned his place in the Inner Circle Short Bus when he listened to "Random Vandalizm," a segment of KingEd's show in exactly the same format as Radio Graffiti.
- Teutonic Plague, who had a short lived show on BlogTalkRadio named Gamer's Quarantine had an nearly identical segment called "Quips" which had the exact same format as Radio Graffiti.