It was thirty years ago on Aug. 1, 1981 that MTV signed on. That first day only a few thousand of people on a cable system in New Jersey were able to receive the channel. The first video that was broadcast was “Video Killed the Radio Star“.by a group known as The Buggles. Music videos were introduced by VJs (video jockeys). The first VJs were Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn. MTV grew quickly to become a major cable and satellite channel. It would help many new groups to be seen that would not have had a chance of a career otherwise.
As MTV has evolved through the years, they played less and less videos. Some say the reason is that videos became available on the internet. Another possible reason for less videos is that the record companies started charging MTV a lot more money to play the videos. There is no doubt that MTV has changed how music is seen and heard in the last 30 years.