August 1, 1981 at 12:01 AM- MTV made its cable television debut. I wasn’t sitting in front of the television watching on that day- the cable company in town was a little slow in getting it- as I recall we finally got MTV in the summer of 1983.
MTV back then believe it or not played music videos- not culturally bankrupt trash. They didn’t have deejays- they had veejays- and the original MTV veejays were Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood, J.J. Jackson and my favorite Martha Quinn.
A trivia question over the years has been what was the first video ever played on MTV- it was “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles- but do you know what was played next? Attached below is a list of the first 25 videos played on MTV.