Music + Television

Music + Television

January 31, 2017 | Blog

Once upon a time, many moons ago in the year 1981, there was this television station called “Music Television” and they aired music videos all day.  You may be familiar with it under the name “M.T.V.”.  That spunky channel with the young strangers trying to find love for money or raising babies or turning in to werewolves. 

Jokes and sarcasm aside, I have a fondness for M.T.V. because it gave me my first music video memory. 

It was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1994 “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. (click here to view) It was creepy, it was cool; it made me want to be creative.  This got me thinking about when the major T.V. music stations first aired and what video they showed.  Here is what I found:

  • M.T.V. aired 1 August 1981 with The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” followed by Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run”.
  • B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) aired 1 July 1983 as an independent station. They were previously on Nickelodeon with a two hour block, once a week (January 1980). I couldn’t find a reliable source for the first video shown.  Shoot us a message on Facebook if you know.
  • C.M.T. (Country Music Television) aired 5 March 1983 with Faron Young’s “It’s Four in the Morning” although this was a previous recording of one of his live shows.
  • V.H. 1 (Video Hits One) aired 1 January 1985 with Marvin Gaye’s cover of the “Star-Spangled Banner”.


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