Today In Music History: August 1, 1981

by Emily Cassel (Journalism), published August 1st 2012

August 1, 1981, 12:01 a.m – Music Television launches with the words, “Ladies and gentleman, rock and roll.” At the outset, MTV was only available to a few thousand viewers on a cable network in northern New Jersey. Its initial premise was simple: play music videos 24/7/365.

Since today’s MTV programming mostly alternates between terrible reality television and slightly less terrible scripted shows (ahem, Teen Wolf), take a trip down memory lane with the very first video the once music-centered network screened, the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

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