Saturday, May 2, 2009

80s Awesomeness! ~ 9

It's all about MTV this week. And I mean the real MTV. You know, when the term "Music Television" was actually relevant to the station instead of a useless icon that means nothing more than another episode of My Super Sweet 16.

Music Television, or MTV, first debuted in 1981 with only a handful of music videos, most of them consisting of taped stage performances because the music video just wasn't something bands and muscians did at the time simply because there wasn't a medium. Hello medium.

With MTV also came the term VJ, or video jockey as opposed to disc jockey. What a new concept! The five original VJs on MTV were Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn.

From left to right, JJ Jackson, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood and Martha Quinn.

Ironically enough, the first video ever played on MTV was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. The rest is history. I'm not too sure what it's morphed into now but they're certainly deviated from their "music television" roots. Now you have to get the super extended package on digital television to get MTV2, the station that's closer to the real MTV than MTV is now.

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