MTV turned 30

August 1, 1981: Ronald Reagan was in his first summer as President, I had a diaper full, and MTV was born.

Check out one of my favorite blogs, Stereogum – where they’ve posted the first hour of MTV. Pretty entertaining as it includes the original tv commercials, and the first VJ’s in all the glory of their gender-neutral perms. First Hour of MTV. Fun fact– If you actually watched this first hour of MTV, then you lived in New Jersey.

First Video ever shown: The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star.

(Reality TV killed the Video Star?)

First ten videos to air:

  1. “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles
  2. “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar
  3. “She Won’t Dance with Me” by Rod Stewart
  4. “You Better You Bet” by The Who
  5. “Little Suzi’s on the Up” by Ph.D.
  6. “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Cliff Richard
  7. “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders
  8. “Time Heals” by Todd Rundgren
  9. “Take It on the Run” by REO Speedwagon
  10. “Rockin’ the Paradise” by Styx

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