Today marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of MTV, which means we are all very, very old. And though many of us have long been able to answer the Trivial Pursuit question "What was the first music video played by MTV?" (answer: the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star"), not many of us actually caught the launch of the station. It turns out that when the channel launched at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, the feed was only available to a few thousand people in northern New Jersey, so those first moments on air are more lore than a shared memory.
But now, thanks to the wonders of the glorious internet, those first snippets of the music channel-turned-industry empire's existence have been uploaded and preserved for us all to see.
[jump] Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll...
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