MTV TURNS 30: Here Are The First Minutes Of The Channel's 1981 Debut

Original MTV cast

MTV turns 30 today.

On August 1, 1981, at 12:01AM, MTV launched with footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia and Apollo 11 before playing its very first music video: “Video Killed The Radio Star” by Buggles.

A pseudo-history of music followed before playing Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run” and introducing us to the channel’s original set of VJs: Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, and Mark Goodman.

Watch the first 10 minutes of MTV’s inaugural broadcast below.

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