the panel with the radio buttons pops out. start by removing the shifter know. slide the chrome sleeve down and remove the c-clip and it slides right off. then using a couple of flat blade screw drivers (of similar tools) carefully open up a gap between the brushed metal trim piece and the panel beneath it. easy does it. pop it open there and work it around the perimeter of the panel and surprise! the radio is actually located behind the glove compartment!
nothing but buttons and wire harnesses on that panel.