1981 August 1 MTV Hour One (Without Videos)
- Published on: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
- To celebrate the anniversary of MTV, and it's former greatness, enjoy a high quality rebroadcast of it's very first hour as it was seen at 12 midnight EST, on August 1, 1981. I certainly miss MY MTV!
It is complete with commercials, BUT WITHOUT VIDEOS
I tried to upload the entire first hour for everyone to enjoy, but I got hit with so many copyright claims it was depressing. This is the world we live in now. So this is my feeble attempt to at least share some of the nostalgia, back when we were free.
Here is a list of the videos that I cut and appeared on MTV the first hour:
1 "Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles
2 "You Better Run" Pat Benatar
3 "She Won't Dance with Me" Rod Stewart
4 "You Better You Bet" The Who
5 "Little Suzi's on the Up" Ph.D.
6 "We Don't Talk Anymore" Cliff Richard
7 "Brass in Pocket" The Pretenders
8 "Time Heals" Todd Rundgren
9 "Take It on the Run" REO Speedwagon
10 "Rockin' the Paradise" Styx
11 "When Things Go Wrong" Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
Ironically, because they were uploaded before we were enslaved, you can find all of these videos by searching for them on youtube.
There is no guarantee Youtube will leave this alone and just allow fans to enjoy nostalgia, but I thought it was worth a shot, obviously copyright doesn't belong to me and I do not profit off this channel or this video.
On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12:01 am Eastern Time, MTV launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia (which took place earlier that year) and of the launch of Apollo 11. Those words were immediately followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching rock tune composed by Jonathan Elias and John Petersen, playing over the American flag changed to show MTV's logo changing into various textures and designs. MTV producers Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert used this public domain footage as a concept; Seibert said that they had originally planned to use Neil Armstrong's "One small step" quote, but lawyers said that Armstrong owned his name and likeness and that he had refused, so the quote was replaced with a beeping sound. A shortened version of the shuttle launch ID ran at the top of every hour in various forms, from MTV's first day until it was pulled in early 1986 in the wake of the Challenger disaster.
The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star", originally only available to homes in New Jersey. This was followed by the video for Pat Benatar's "You Better Run". Sporadically, the screen would go black when an employee at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. MTV's lower third graphics that appeared near the beginning and end of music videos would eventually use the recognizable Kabel typeface for about 25 years. But these graphics differed on MTV's first day of broadcast; they were set in a different typeface and included information such as the year and record label name.
As programming chief, Robert W. Pittman recruited and managed a team for the launch that included Tom Freston (who succeeded Pittman as CEO of MTV Networks), Fred Seibert, John Sykes, Carolyn Baker (original head of talent and acquisition), Marshall Cohen (original head of research), Gail Sparrow (of talent and acquisition), Sue Steinberg (executive producer), Julian Goldberg, Steve Lawrence, Geoff Bolton; studio producers and MTV News writers/associate producers Liz Nealon, Nancy LaPook and Robin Zorn; Steve Casey (creator of the name "MTV" and its first program director), Marcy Brafman, Ronald E. "Buzz" Brindle, and Robert Morton. Kenneth M. Miller is credited as being the first technical director to officially launch MTV from its New York City-based network op
- Source: https://youtu.be/i1QDSmflFtM