Matt Pinfield Reflects On 30 Years Of MTV

Talk of the Nation | NPR

At midnight on August 1, 1981, MTV co-creator John Lack uttered the words “ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” and the network premiered its first music video to an audience of a few thousand.

“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles was just the first of countless music videos to air on the network over the last 30 years. MTV also pioneered reality television with The Real World, and broke new ground in animation with Beavis and Butthead.

Matt Pinfield, host of MTV2’s 120 Minutes, talks with NPR’s Tony Cox about the evolution of the network, and listeners share their most memorable MTV moments.

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