MTV Debuts August 1, 1981!

I was 9 months pregnant with Nicholas and remember it well… We had Perry Cable back then and they advertised the start of this crazy music channel… Too bad it barely has any music on it anymore 😦
What is your favorite MTV memory??

Craig Hill Media and Consulting

On August 1st 1981, MTV: Music Television went on the air for the first time ever, with the words (spoken by one of MTV’s creators, John Lack): “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to air on the new cable television channel, which initially was available only to households in parts of New Jersey.

MTV went on to revolutionise the music industry and become an influential source of pop culture and entertainment in the United States and other parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and Latin America, which all have MTV-branded channels.

In MTV’s early days, its programming consisted of basic music videos that were introduced by VJs (video jockeys) and provided for free by record companies. As the record industry recognised MTV’s value as a promotional vehicle, money was invested in making creative, cutting-edge videos.

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6 thoughts on “MTV Debuts August 1, 1981!

  1. What??? that was 1981!!! I thought it was like two years ago???? Remember it like I was there…uh, well, that’s cuz I WAS SO TOTALLY THERE!!! It was like the Woodstock of our time. Not that I follow along any longer, and I hear it’s got pretty much no more music (?!) but yeah, that was SO flipping cool.

    • We were mere babies, just stepping over the threshold to adulthood. I use to practice Madonna dance moves over and over. And my kids don’t even watch the channel anymore due to the lack of music. I think somewhere along the line they forgot that MTV stood for Music TeleVision.

  2. MTV was never really about playing music videos. ;-). We didn’t have cable til 1986. :-). By the way, I agree, you thin thing! And way to keep it up.

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