On this day back in 1981, I was 16 years old — and I know exactly what I was doing. I was glued to the TV set, watching the start of a pop culture phenomenon.
That was the beginning of MTV, and I was hooked.
MTV changed entertainment and the music industry forever, with record companies providing free content that it then played non-stop.
It was something real special and if you had MTV in your house, you felt special.
I would go on to record dozens of VHS tapes with hours of my favorite videos. I even bought my own TV set so I could watch it, in my room, when ever I wanted to.
MTV was groundbreaking. “Yo! MTV Raps” helped accelerate hip hop into the mainstream. Even Andy Warhol had a show.
Of course MTV also introduced us to “Beavis and Butthead.”
MTV definitely had its highs, but there have also been lows, and what was new is now nostalgic. Still, 42 years after its creation, MTV continues to reinvent itself. It’s now known as MTV Entertainment — part of the ViacomCBS Family. The brand is in 180 countries with a reach of nearly two billion people.
Happy Birthday MTV!!