When MTV launched, it meant it-in every sense of the word:
If you’re anything like me, you can remember getting punished and getting many-a-spankings from not enough chores and too much music television (MTV for short).
After eight long hours of work, oh the horror your parents would come home to, only to find what looked like some kind of party having gone on with MTV on full blast and there you were in full air guitar position rockin’ out to the heavy bass guitar MTV segue to that lead to commercial break.
As pop culture history sings it, indeed: VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR. And that killer was non other than MTV.
“I want my MTV!” was the popular television stations slogan that seeped right into us bratty brats back when many of us were tots and tweens hooked on MTV such that it’d commandeer our entire summers!
Starting with J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter (and Downtown Julie Brown), MTV had VJ’s that seemed like they were the big sisters and brothers we never had. They played the music and videos that we couldn’t wait to talk about in school the next day.
Nothing felt better than looking forward to what new music video was coming out for the day or week, and then seeing compilations of the best of the best in countdowns and other music segments that played 24/7/365 on popular