The Birth of MTV


On August 1, 1981, MTV began broadcasting in the United States and aired its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star,” by The Buggles.

The first broadcast words were, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” spoken by John Lack. They were played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia, which took place later that year, and the launch of Apollo 11.

MTV’s effect was immediate in areas where the new music video channel was carried. Within two months, record stores in areas where MTV was available were selling music that local radio stations were not playing, such as Men at Work, Bow Wow Wow, and the Human League. MTV sparked the Second British Invasion, British acts, featured heavily on the channel.

It’s hard to believe MTV is celebrating its 36th birthday. What was cutting edge yesterday is old school today. The world changes at a pace never known before.

I am grateful that one thing never changes. Actually, I mean one person never changes. He is the one who Scripture describes as “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So no matter what is going on around you, stay tethered to your anchor. When life is crazy, He’s not. He is our rock and our shelter in times of trouble. Anchor your life to him today.


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