Mark Burton

Staff member
Jun 27, 2020
London, UK
“I Want My MTV!” Who remembers the first time you heard that phrase? Did you ever realize the impact those 4 words would make? Today, we interview a true insider on the early days of MTV.

In the beginning:

“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 we were lifted off, to a previously unimaginable new world!

Remembering the first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles, the sense of excitement that came with it, and the subsequent videos? It’s mind-blowing to hear the story of how it came to be during MTV’s early days. Almost everyone knows that first video. But do you remember the second one they played? *(answer at the end of the blog)*

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