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MTV Historama: "Ladies And Gentlemen, Rock And Roll"

An extravagant journey through the history of MTV in all its glory! From Daria to Teen Wolf, let's take a closer look at how MTV's managed to keep our ears and hearts.

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  1. Can you recall when MTV was first created?

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    August 1, 1981
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    September 15, 1991
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    September 15, 1991
    January 14, 1981
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    January 14, 1981
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    August 1, 1981 was when MTV was created!

    "On Saturday, August 1, 1981 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time, MTV launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia (which took place earlier that year) and of the launch of Apollo 11." -wikipedia

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MTV's BIG Debut

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"The original purpose of MTV was to be "music television", playing music videos 24 hours a day and seven days a week, guided by on-air personalities known as VJs, or video jockeys." -wikipedia

  1. Do you know which music video was the first to be premiered on MTV?

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    Weird Al Yankovic-"Eat It!"
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    The Buggles-"Video Killed the Radio Star"
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    Rae Sremmurd-"Black Beatles"
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    The Boggles-"Video Killed the Radio Star"

    This was the first music video premiered on MTV!

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Music Videos and Video Jockeys

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"During the early days of the channel, MTV would occasionally let other stars take over the channel within an hour as "guest VJs"; these guests included musicians such as Adam Ant, Billy Idol, Phil Collins, Simon LeBon, and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, Tina Turner; and comedians such as Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, and Steven Wright; as they chose their favorite music videos." -wikipedia

MTV Music Video Awards

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"In 1984, the channel produced its first MTV Video Music Awards show, or VMAs. The first award show, in 1984, was punctuated by a live performance by Madonna of "Like A Virgin". The statuettes that are handed out at the Video Music Awards are of the MTV moonman, the channel's original image from its first broadcast in 1981. Presently, the Video Music Awards are MTV's most watched annual event." -wikipedia

90s Equals Change...Good Change-Rise of the MTV Series

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During the early 90s, MTV decided to take a new direction and begin to air full-length series and talk shows. This included favorites such as "The Daily Show", The Real World", "Beavis and Butt-head", and "Daria".

  1. Which show brought back music videos near the new millennium (2000s)?

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    Total Request Live (TRL)
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    Total Request Live (TRL)

    "In 1998, MTV merged Total Request and MTV Live into a live daily top ten countdown show, Total Request Live, which would become known as TRL (the original host being Carson Daly) and secure its place as the channel's unofficial flagship program. In the fall of 1999, a live studio audience was added to the show. By spring 2000, the countdown reached its peak. The program enjoyed success playing the top ten pop, rock, R&B, and hip hop music videos, and featuring live interviews with artists and celebrities." -wikipedia

    Total Request Live (TRL)

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"In 1998, MTV merged Total Request and MTV Live into a live daily top ten countdown show, Total Request Live, which would become known as TRL (the original host being Carson Daly) and secure its place as the channel's unofficial flagship program. In the fall of 1999, a live studio audience was added to the show. By spring 2000, the countdown reached its peak. The program enjoyed success playing the top ten pop, rock, R&B, and hip hop music videos, and featuring live interviews with artists and celebrities." -wikipedia

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Back to Reality...Reality TV and Sitcoms

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Finally, MTV has re-taken their approach to incorporating full-length television series and shows into their broadcast line-up such as Teen Wolf, one of the channel's leading series currently.

Whichever approach MTV has taken, they've seemed to taken us along for the ride and we've enjoyed it every step of the way.

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