Happy 30th Anniversary MTV – watch the first hour

The Original MTV VJ's

Thirty years ago today MTV signed on after videos of the Apollo and space shuttle launch with the words “Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock and Roll.” The first video was “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles. Rockers and MTV VJ’s boldly delcared we’d “never look at music the same way again,” and they were right. The first hour (viewed below in five parts) included videos by Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, The Who, REO Speedwagon, Split Enz, Iron, Maiden, Todd Rundgren and more. One of the five original VJ’s was Philadelphian Mark Goodman, who I remember prior to that as being one of my favorite DJ’s back in the day on WMMR circa 1978. He moved to New York in 1980 to work at WPLJ and in 1981 he got the VJ job along with Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter and J.J. Jackson (pictured above).