Happy Birthday, MTV!
It was 25 years ago today that a grimy, sassy little cable channel first aired The Buggles' irresistible bubblegum confection "Video Killed The Radio Star." Now, with over 50 channels to its name worldwide, MTV, as NPR drily put it this morning, is an upstart no more. Actually, NPR's coverage of MTV's first quarter-century is really good, including a 1983 interview with creator Bob Pittman and a big "Where Are They Now" featuring all your favorite VJs of yore.
MTV's own broadband internet channel, Overdrive, is chock full of retrospective coverage of the network, including rebroadcasts of the network's first days.
Library tie-in? What a great idea! Why not create an All 80s display? Pull out your "I Love The 80s" CDs, any of those retrospective "Look At The Decades" books you have lying around, and by all means, use this anniversary as an excuse to purchase some 80s shows now available on DVD!
And a solid lesson for us all to learn from MTV: Christina Norman, MTV's President, is really proud of seeking out teen input when she's working on programming ideas for the network and its many progeny. In her NPR interview, She said, "We spend a lot of time talking to young people, online, in person. It's what we do, it's our mission." Sounds like a YALSA member in the making to me!