30 years ago today MTV went on the air: where did the video go?

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MTV Logo circa 1981 Back in ancient times there was a new cable channel that would play pictures with music on your TV set. They called it Music Television or MTV for short. At 12:01 AM on August 1st 1981, MTV switched on and changed history and the culture forever. The first video played was from The Buggles and it was called “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Who knew that MTV wouldn’t stay in the music video business by its 30th birthday.

The Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1979)

Here is a list of the first videos played during the first hour on that day 30 years ago:

1. Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles
2. You Better Run – Pat Benatar
3. She Won’t Dance With Me – Rod Stewart
4. You better you bet – The Who
5. Little Suzi’s on the Up – Ph.D
6. We don’t talk anymore – Cliff Richard
7. Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders
8. Time Heals – Todd Rundgren
9. Take it on the run – REO Speedwagon
10. Rockin’ the Paradise – Styx
11. When Things Go Wrong – Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
12. History Never Repeats – Split Enz
13. Hold on Loosley – .38 Special

Back when it first started it played nothing but music videos now not so much. I stopped watching probably about 10 years ago and don’t have it on my remote favorites.

Another trivia note — Part of the idea for MTV evolved from the program “Sight and Sound” on the experimental interactive cable channel Qube that was based in Columbus, Ohio back in the late 70’s.

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One thought on “30 years ago today MTV went on the air: where did the video go?

  1. sbj1964

    MTV lost it's way a long time ago,and will never again be what it once was because of the stupid management that ruined a great once great Network ! They sold out they're Audience .

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