MTV Goes Back to MTV: Revisit the First Hour of Programming

MTV celebrated it’s 35th anniversary on August 1st. The station debuted in 1981. “It’s a somewhat muted celebration these days, because the network hardly seems to play any actual music anymore. But almost as soon as it first launched, the channel changed the music world dramatically, and the effects are still being felt to this day. Here’s the classic first hour of MTV as it aired at 12:01AM ET on that historic August day.”



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