On this day, in the year of 1981 A.D., a cable channel known as MTV made its maiden broadcast. The Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the channel's first-ever transmission and history was forever changed.

The History Channel, which chronicles such things, says: "MTV went on to revolutionize the music industry and become an influential source of pop culture and entertainment in the United States and other parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and Latin America, which all have MTV-branded channels"

Of course, many have lamented that MTV (short of Music Television) no longer plays music, instead serving as a reality TV network or, more woefully, a place to stream endless Ridiculousness reruns. But, let us not forget that this (at times) revolutionary channel was also the birthplace of The Real World, Total Request Live, Beavis and Butthead, and Celebrity Deathmatch. However, the less said about the moronic atrocities that were Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, and Super Sweet 16 the better. 

In honor of their 35th birthday, MTV launched this new channel, on which they'll be playing all your old favorites. Can you say, "binge watch"? 

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Alysa Zavala-Offman

Alysa Zavala-Offman is the managing editor of Detroit Metro Times. She lives in the downriver city of Wyandotte with her husband, toddler, mutt, and two orange cats.
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