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...And I quote: 'less for outcasts, more for weirdos.'

Mr. New Vegas, Fallout: New Vegas

Black Mountain Radio, also known as Radio Free Utobitha, or the Utobithian News Channel, is broadcasted from the radio station at Black Mountain in Fallout: New Vegas. The Courier can discover the radio's origin by following its signal to the top of Black Mountain, where they will discover the broadcast building. Tabitha describes various sects of the super mutant population, talks of the short-comings of the human race, and the wonders of the centaur. As such, the radio is, for the most part, a propagandist station for the State of Utobitha.

Background[edit | edit source]

During Marcus' leadership in 2277, Black Mountain Radio earned a favorable reputation as being the outcast alternative to Radio New Vegas.[1] Marcus' friendly personality and rallying message to mutants amplified through radio helped bolster Black Mountain into a sizeable mutant community. Black Mountain Radio could be heard from as far east as the Four States Commonwealth and brought mutants far and wide to Black Mountain.[2] However, the message cast such a wide net that it attracted Tabitha, and when she arrived at Black Mountain in 2278[3] and organized most second generation Super Mutants against Marcus, he had realized his time was up at and destroyed the radio equipment before abandoning Black Mountian to found Jacobstown at Mount Charleston.[4]

Black Mountain Radio would be off the air for quite some time until Raul Tejada would travel to Black Mountain after having heard Marcus' old message about a mutant community. Raul, thinking that the radio station simply ceased functioning due to faulty equipment, left Two Sun and travelled west to offer his services. Raul found Black Mountain and approached Tabitha about fixing the radio equipment. Tabitha, impressed with how well he fixed the equipment, took Raul hostage to further use his skill set.[5][2]

Once Black Mountian Radio was on the air again, Tabitha began broadcasting to the ears of anyone with a radio and would start a 24/7 broadcast of propaganda and anti-human sentiment. Unsurprisingly, this has fully worked against Tabitha's best efforts and is now common opinion among Mojave wastelanders that static would be better listening than Black Mountain's current block of programming.[6] While the Black Mountian Radio was broadcasting again, thankfully Raul's repairs couldn't fix the range the Black Mountain Radio once had and could only broadcast to the surrounding area in the Mojave Wasteland.[7]

Host segments[edit | edit source]

News[edit | edit source]

(if Raul is still imprisoned)

Rhonda: You're listening to Radio Free Utobitha, bringing truth to Utobithians twenty-four hours a day! Welcome!
Tabitha: I am in control here!
Rhonda: That was today's and every day's extra special guest, Best Friend Tabitha, Supreme Commander of Utobitha and Wearer of the True Eyes!
Tabitha: I still miss you, Rhonda, after all these years...
Rhonda: Also joining us from his locked cell is Raul Tejada, master mechanic, who can be executed at any time! Hello, Raul, or should that be Hola?
Raul: Uh, either one works.
Tabitha: Today you die, Raul! I command it!
Rhonda: Ooh, Raul! Supreme Commander Tabitha says you die today! What's your reaction?
Raul: I'm going to obey Supreme Tabitha. Claro. Whatever she says. Just, I feel so bad...I die before I get to fix her special robot.
Tabitha: (growls)
Rhonda: You're listening to UNC, the Utobithian News Channel, with breaking news! The execution of master mechanic Raul Tejada has again been commuted for a period of twenty-four hours, to allow time for important repairs!
Tabitha: Grrr, this time, you will get it done, Raul!
Rhonda: Joining us from his cell to comment on the situation is Raul Tejada! Raul?
Raul: Hi, Ta...uh, Rhonda.
Rhonda: What's your take on the situation?
Raul: All I want is to make this special robot work again. You know, I give it my best.
Rhonda: We'll be right back after this word from our sponsor, during which Raul will contemplate how LUCKY he is to be alive!
Rhonda: Welcome back, Utobitha! It's tiiime!
Tabitha: Time for what, Rhonda?
Rhonda: True Eye Seeing Time! I see that you're already wearing your true eyes, Best Friend Tabitha, along with your head of true hair! What do you see?
Tabitha: Uhh, I see Neil!
Rhonda: First-generation Neil from down the mountain?! Oh, and what is he up to?
Tabitha: Standing outside his shack down there!
Rhonda: In the same spot as before, or has he moved?
Tabitha: A little!
Rhonda: Wow! It must be so exciting to see and know all! What a powerful reminder of your ULTIMATE AUTHORITY and power for our listeners!
Tabitha: I see Moe!
Rhonda: Moe the centaur?! Favorite centaur Moe? What's he up to?
Tabitha: Licking the gate! Wants out of the pen!
Rhonda: Now, I'm almost afraid to ask, but do you see any...you know...threats out there?
Tabitha: Threats all around us! Converging, like a noose! Tightening! Two-head bear people astride battle cattles!
Rhonda: Not the dreaded battle cattle training to hunt mutants! Would it be going too far to say that your gift of true eyesight is the only thing saving our community from annihilation? Because I think it's so important for everyone, even the dumb-dumbs to know, how impossible it is to SNEAK UP ON US! More after this!

Know Your Mutants[edit | edit source]

One[edit | edit source]

Rhonda: Welcome to another episode of Know Your Mutants! Special guest star, Best Friend Tabitha, is with us in the studio to share her insights on this topic that affects us all!
Tabitha: Thank you, Rhonda! Today, I'd like to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart: the nightkin!
Rhonda: Ooh, you must know a lot about the nightkin, Best Friend Tabitha, seeing as how you are one!
Tabitha: That's true, Rhonda! I am in a unique position to speak to the natural SUPERIORITY of my kind! Our story begins, as most stories do, with the Master! Our glorious leader had created the super mutants, but something nagged at him. "I can do better," he must have said to himself. And boy, did he ever! A new type of super mutant was created — stronger, faster, smarter, more dangerous in every way! We were to normal super mutants what they were to humans, and they were told to defer to us in all things!
Rhonda: And you're the leader of all the nightkin, correct?
Tabitha: Yes! As the highest ranking nightkin alive, my voice speaks for all nightkin everywhere, ever!
Rhonda: Which is why all super mutants should do what you say, right?
Tabitha: That's right! My position of supreme authority MUST NEVER BE QUESTIONED!
Rhonda: One last thing. Is there any truth to the rumor that all nightkin are slightly crazy from their overuse of psychologically damaging pre-War technology?
Tabitha: None at all, Rhonda!
Rhonda: There you have it, Utobitha! Nightkin, your benevolent overlords, who are most certainly...NOT crazy! We'll be back after this.

Two[edit | edit source]

Rhonda: Welcome, Utobitha, to another episode of Know Your Mutants! Today, we're proud to have Best Friend Tabitha with us! Welcome to the show!
Tabitha: Good to be here, Rhonda. You look good.
Rhonda: So what type of mutant did you want to talk about this time, Best Friend Tabitha?
Tabitha: I thought I'd briefly talk about first-generation super mutants, Rhonda!
Rhonda: Ooh, what can you tell us about them?
Tabitha: What we call the first generation of super mutants, Rhonda, were actually created by the Master himself! Like everything the Master took a direct hand in, they were better than the ones who came later, the ones made by accident. They were smarter, almost as smart as nightkin, and were able to think and act for themselves! However, the first generation seems to have some kind of suicidal urge that they can't control!
Rhonda: How terrible! What makes you say that, Best Friend Tabitha?
Tabitha: So far, all first-generation super mutants that have come to Utobitha have left not soon after!
Rhonda: How strange! Why would anyone leave the safety and comfort that Utobitha provides?
Tabitha: Why indeed, Rhonda! But now there's not a single first-generation super mutant in Utobitha!
Rhonda: Except Neil!
Tabitha: EXCEPT NEIL!
Rhonda: Well! I think we've learned something today! Let's go to the music...

Three[edit | edit source]

Rhonda: You're listening to another edition of Know Your Mutants, with Best Friend Tabitha! So, Best Friend Tabitha, who will we learn about today?
Tabitha: Uhh, guess it's time we talked about the dumb-dumbs!
Rhonda: Oh, you mean the second-generation super mutants, WHO AREN'T SO BRIGHT?!
Tabitha: That's them! Dumb-dumbs! Uhh... that is, they...
Rhonda: They're very big! And strong!
Tabitha: Yes! They're just as big as other mutants, and as strong as they look. Beyond that, uhm...
Rhonda: And there's a lot of them!
Tabitha: Oh, yeah. Dumb-dumbs are the most common type of mutant that most travelers will encounter, and make up more than half the mutants here in Utobitha.
Rhonda: Best Friend Tabitha, some of our listeners may wonder how you can call them dumb-dumbs on the air like this!
Tabitha: That's a good question, Rhonda!
Rhonda: Thank you!
Tabitha: The truth is, they're so dumb they don't even know that I'm talking about them right now!
Rhonda: And that's another revealing look at mutant-kind. Second-generation super mutants: big, numerous... DUMB! More after this.

Advertisements[edit | edit source]

Tabitha: Are you tired of getting chased because you're bigger than humans and scaring them? Did you kill some, and they overreacted? Are two-head bear people shooting at you, and battle cattle mooing? Beware the battle cattle!
Rhonda: Leave the fear behind!
Tabitha: Leave the fear behind! Meet at the mountaintop! Enjoy life in the State of Utobitha, free, safe, secure!
Rhonda: (quickly) Freedom limited to following the commands of Best Friend Tabitha. Safety not guaranteed against siege or assault by two-head bear people or battle cattles. Many infractions are punishable by death, no allowances for dumb-dumb misunderstandings! Previous human members of The Master's Army are conditionally accepted to be used for centaur feeding duties. Dismemberment may occur
Tabitha: Utobitha! Come feel the difference!
Tabitha: Do you remember the good old days, where the Master ruled over us all?
Rhonda: When his gentle, compelling, and yet oddly insistent voice crawled through your mind, and told you exactly what to do?
Tabitha: Do you miss a time when you didn't have to think for yourself, and enjoyed lazy days of following the BELLOWED COMMANDS of others?!
Rhonda: Those days can be yours again! For Best Friend Tabitha, the esteemed leader of the State of Utolbitha, is here...to tell you what to do!
Tabitha: THAT'S RIGHT! I, Tabitha, will take on the BURDEN of your OBEDIENCE!
Rhonda: (quickly) Acceptance into Utobitha pending Best Friend Tabitha's approval. Best Friend Tabitha reserves the right to turn down applicants for any reason, including whimsy or boredom. Acceptance into Utobitha open to mutants only. Former human servants of the Master conditionally accepted for purposes of centaur-feeding duties. Dismemberment may occur.
Tabitha: Utobitha! Come! Take a load off your mind!

Public service announcements[edit | edit source]

Rhonda: Welcome back, Utobitha! I have with me Best Friend Tabitha, who has something important she'd like to share!
Tabitha: Well, Rhonda, I'm a little concerned about the number of humans that keep coming to Black Mountain!
Rhonda: Humans? Here?! Oh, why do you think they do that?
Tabitha: Honestly, I think they're a little jealous of the ideal society we've built here, Rhonda! And I can't blame them! We have everything we need here - food, shelter, safety, entertainment! It really is a paradise!
Rhonda: There's no arguing with the truth, is there?
Tabitha: But humans need to be aware that Black Mountain is no place for them! In fact, it's even dangerous for them here!
Rhonda: (gasp) Why is that?!
Tabitha: First of all, there's the radiation! That warm peaceful glow that we all know and love doesn't have the same effect on humans! You see, humans are weak, and have an inherent defect that causes them to fall apart when exposed to radiation!
Rhonda: That sounds terrible! How do they stand it? Radiation's, like, everywhere!
Tabitha: I know! They truly have a hard lot in life, which may explain why they're so irritable all the time!
Rhonda: I don't know about you, Utobitha, but my eyes have really been opened! We'll be back after some music!
Rhonda: We're back, with Best Friend Tabitha, who was telling us why humans should STAY THE HELL AWAY!...uh, keep their distance from the State of Utobitha!
Tabitha: Thank you, Rhonda! That's a good point. As you know, one of the many benefits of living in Utolbitha is the ready availability of pet centaurs!
Rhonda: Ooh, I love the centaurs! They're just so cute!
Tabitha: Exactly, Rhonda! Who could resist those sweet little faces, and that cute way they shuffle around on all those hands they have! Haha! But humans must be so caught up with their pleasant features that they forget the most important thing about centaurs!
Rhonda: And what might that be, Best Friend Tabitha?
Tabitha: Centaurs...EAT...HUMANS, Rhonda! You see, humans are a lot smaller and much more tender than you or I! So centaurs naturally see them as food!
Rhonda: Ahh, that would make it hard for them to get along, wouldn't it?
Tabitha: Indeed! Given the situation, I had to make a hard choice when I created Utobitha! Do we invite weak, greedy humans, who would just die anyway, or cute, lovable centaurs, who fight and die for us and ask nothing in return?! After much deliberation, I went with the centaurs.
Rhonda: And there you have it, Utobitha! The next time you play with a huggable, lovable centaur, remember that Best Friend Tabitha made it all possible!
Rhonda: We're here once again with our beloved leader, Best Friend Tabitha! Why don't you tell our listeners what you just told me?
Tabitha: I was just saying that I think there's a fundamental misunderstanding about the mutants here in the State of Utobitha!
Rhonda: And what would that be?
Tabitha: I believe that the mutants here are generally considered to dislike humans, and nothing could be further from the truth! During their stay here, mutants are taught to tolerate and even accept the existence of inferior, frail creatures, humans included!
Rhonda: Ooh, how insightful! So then, how do you think this misunderstanding came about?
Tabitha: My guess is that it has something to do with the fact that every mutant in the State of Utobitha has been given explicit orders regarding security! Those orders naturally include shooting humans on sight, or pounding them with whatever happens to be handy (guns being in short supply you see!). As I've explained, there are numerous dangers to humans here, and we have a duty to drive them away! It's for their own good, really!
Rhonda: Makes sense to me! And the silly humans think we don't care. For shame! Stick around, Utobitha, for more... after this!
Rhonda: Utobitha, I'm here with Best Friend Tabitha, who has a message for all the dumb-dumbs out there!
Tabitha: It has come to my attention that some of you dumb-dumbs took me a little too seriously in the past, when I warned you about the battle cattle! While battle cattle are indeed a dangerous foe, they are one that should be fought ferociously! Recently, I've heard about several incidents where some of you have been running away from a fight where battle cattle were involved! THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! No self-respecting soldier of Utobitha should EVER be seen running like a scared little human! GRRAAH! I don't even know why I try! It's not like the dumb-dumbs are even going to understand this!
Rhonda: You heard her, Utobitha! Beware the battle cattle — but don't fear the battle cattle! More after this.

Tracks[edit | edit source]

Songs[edit | edit source]

Instrumentals[edit | edit source]

Broadcast[edit | edit source]

Entering Tabitha's control room in the Crazy, Crazy, Crazy quest causes the station to permanently stop broadcasting and become static, even if you leave without killing her. In fact, even if you make peace with Tabitha by repairing Rhonda, the station still does not go away unless you enter the room.

The station will also cease broadcasting anything other than static if you activate the tranceiver that's located in the radar dish hut (near the trunk with the minigun), no matter what choice you make after activating it. If you choose the "huge fan" choice, Tabitha will command three super mutants to storm the hut (but if they've been made friendly by your choice in Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, they will not attack you).

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • There are four songs that appear on all three of the main radio stations: "Big Iron", "Heartaches by the Number", "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie", and "Johnny Guitar".
  • All of the instrumentals on this station were written and recorded by British twangy guitar sensation, Bert Weedon.
  • The music played on Black Mountain Radio is identical to the music on Mojave Music Radio, but with the Tabitha interview segments interspersed in between music tracks.
  • It is possible to shut down the broadcast, simply by pulling the levers on the tower where the sniper is located with the missile launcher (sometimes the station will not go static after killing Tabitha or repairing Rhonda).

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Black Mountain Radio appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • If you repair Rhonda, recruit Raul and leave his "cell", Tabitha will spawn and initiate conversation with Rhonda, give you a key and leave, but the broadcast will continue as normal until the player enters the second floor of the Broadcast Station.
  • Black Mountain Radio is intended to cut to static as soon as Tabitha is spawned as a hostile mob outside Raul's prison, which is triggered by freeing Raul (either recruiting him or telling him to return to his shack). However, if the player tries to recruit Raul but is unable to due to already having a humanoid companion, Tabitha will spawn and can be killed, but Black Mountain Radio will continue playing as usual.
  • Black Mountain Radio, like other radio stations, has songs that frequently repeat. Typically, the song that is repeated will be cut out in the middle for a new song or one of Tabitha's sections.

References

  1. Mr. New Vegas: "The Black Mountain radio signal is back after a long absence. Listeners say the new programming is, quote, less for outcasts, more for weirdos."
    (Mr. New Vegas' dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Courier: "But how did Tabitha find you in the first place?"
    Raul Tejada: "Ah, it's stupid, boss. I used to listen to the radio broadcasts, just to pass the time. Well, one day the signal stops, so I figured I'd try to find transmitter. I'm a pretty good repairman, or I was before the eyes started to go. Anyway, I found Black Mountain and offered my services, but Tabitha decided I was useful enough to keep around. Permanently."
    (Raul Tejada's dialogue)
  3. J.E. Sawyer in Fallout: New Vegas previews
  4. The Courier: "How did Tabitha end up in control?"
    Neil: "For years, Black Mountain was a peaceful community. Its leader, Marcus, broadcast an invitation to Mutants throughout the wasteland. That's how I found Black Mountain. So did others, most of them second generation Mutants. Marcus welcomed everyone - that was his mistake. The community ended up being mostly second gen - not very bright, but easy to influence. Fine, until the Nightkin came along, led by Tabitha... In a week she had most of the second-gens thinking she was some kind of prophet - and that she should be broadcasting her "truth," not Marcus. Marcus saw what was coming and decided to leave before things got out of hand. He smashed the radio and left to found Jacobstown."
    (Neil's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "You say Marcus smashed the radio. Not very well, apparently?"
    Neil: "Heh. There's a sad story behind that. Marcus smashed it just fine, but while we were gone some Ghoul named Raul came along. Tabitha turned him into her personal mechanic. A slave, really. See, if I'd been standing down here, I could've warned him before it was too late."
    (Neil's dialogue)
  6. Mr. New Vegas: "Listeners have been unable to pick up radio broadcasts from Black Mountain recently. Most are calling the static, quote, a welcome improvement."
    (Mr. New Vegas' dialogue)
  7. In-Game radio reach