Once upon a time, before anyone had ever heard of Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, or Real World, a channel called MTV (M as in Music Television) changed the music and television landscape forever when they launched on a small cable system in (ironically) Jersey, that was seen by only a few thousand people, at 12:01a.m. on August 1, 1981. The words “Ladies and gentleman, Rock and Roll” were followed by a video (remember those, MTV?) for a song called ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Buggles[/lastfm]. The rest, of course, is history. They hired on-air “VJ’s” like Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood (woof!), and Alan Hunter. MTV was so huge and influential, that by the mid-80’s, their slogan “I want my MTV” was part of a [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dire Straits [/lastfm]song, ‘Money for Nothing’. Which, by the way, was an awesome video! If you missed it back in ’81, check out the official launch of MTV video!
MTV launch August 1, 1981
Money For Nothing Video-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dire Straits[/lastfm]
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