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MTV is 32 Years Old Today

Today is the 32nd birthday of MTV.  When it signed on August 1, 1981, I was 11 years old.  We didn’t have MTV when I was growing up in Wagner.  So, when I went to college in 1988, MTV was all I watched.  Adam Curry was such a dreamboat.  ”Headbanger’s Ball” was my favorite show.

When MTV signed on, it played over 200 videos a day!  I’m sure MTV still plays videos, but I haven’t seen one lately.  As a matter of fact, I’m not even sure what channel MTV is on anymore.  The reality shows they air aren’t exactly what I’d consider entertainment.

I think almost everyone knows the first song played on MTV.  It was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.

 

And…the 2nd song played on MTV…

 

Some other facts you should know about MTV:

  • “You Better You Bet” by the Who was the 4th and 54th video to air on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.
  • “Just Between You and Me” by April Wine was the first music video by a Canadian artist ever played on MTV.
  • “Keep on Loving You” by REO Speedwagon was the first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit song to be played on the station.
  • “Rapture” by Blondie was the first rap music video ever played on MTV.

 

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