- Jun 28, 2020
“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.” And with those words, we entered a whole new era.
It was then that we were introduced to the five people who would shape and mold that blank canvas into what became the greatest social experiment of our generation. “Veejays” J.J. Jackson, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn and Nina Blackwood would soon become daily visitors to our respective homes, bringing us that “whole new world.”
In a follow-up to our blog with early MTV program director Neal Mirsky, we decided to add a Veejay voice to the mix, for contrast and comparison. I was most fortunate to sit down and exchange ideas and emails with Nina Blackwood recently. Nina was a driving force at MTV, and as one of the...
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