Happy Birthday MTV, We Hardly Knew Ye...

posted by Jason Aldrich - 

Source: 24/7 News

(Undated)  --  MTV turns 37 today.  The network launched in New York City on August 1st, 1981, becoming the first-ever 24-hour video music channel.  The first words ever spoken on MTV were "ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," and the first video that aired was 1979's Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. 

I can remember as a kid, watching world premiere videos, that were promoted to come on at a certain time. One in particular was the debut of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

Some days, I get to play a rock "deejay". MTV had rock "veejays", and a few of them are still around, actually, on satellite radio.

It was big, getting mentions in songs, and artists branching out into acting, so their song and video would get plenty of airplay.

Then reality TV and cartoons started to take over, and the music videos got pushed aside. Remember "Remote Control" or "Beavis and Butt-head?"

Now, the main content on MTV is shows about "catfishing", or following around unwed and pregnant teenagers.

As the headline states, MTV, "we hardly knew ye".


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