MTV hits 33

Sammy Hagar (Credit: AP)
Sammy Hagar (Credit: AP)

(WTNH) — With the airing of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” MTV kicked off a way to enjoy 24-hour music 33 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1981.

Maybe you sat and watched music videos for hours, until your parents told you to turn off the television and go outside for a while.

Interestingly enough, now the station airs a lot of television shows, while you can get music streamed to you 24-7 from your cell phone if you want. (Remember really big cell phones?)

But for its time, MTV was the best place to get your musical fix. Then it started hosting music award shows and viewers got to see Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk and the slinky, controversial moves of a younger Madonna, among other acts. President Bill Clinton even used it to reach youth in the early 1990s.

The station also saw the birth of the television career of Jon Stewart, the creation of cartoon buffoons Beavis and Butthead, and gameshows such as “Remote Control.” “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody videos also took off on MTV, and he’s still lampooning popular music.

Here is a small sampling of the stars connected with MTV.

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