I'm not sure if this is in the right spot, so please move it if need be.
With all of the I Love the 70s, 80s, and 90s, I am really missing what I call the hey-day of MTV. I mean the beginning of it, from August of 81 til they came out with "Amuck Across America". Yak, what a pile that trash was.
I was eight years old the summer of 81 when MTV first came on the air, and I learned of it from my older brothers. I was hooked immediately. I would spend hours in the TV room of my folks' house, planted in front of the telly, my crap all spread out around me - snacks, toys, markers and paper....
In the beginning it was all videos, all the time. There were no programs, no shows. No Real World, no Sports... There were big chunks of time where MTV would be having "technical difficulties...please stand by" and it would just show that phrase with a sketch of a cameraman busy plying his trade. I would wait with growing anticipation for the videos to resume.
They ran it different, too. The original VJs, as familiar to me as my family, were five...Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter, JJ Jackson, and Mark Goodman. You knew them well, picked out a fave (mine was Nina, natch). They had regular tour date information and premiered new videos with great fanfare. I remember when no one had heard of Kurt Loder and the Music News was delivered by whatever VJ was on duty that hour.
Just me, or anyone else missing these days?