Exactly 41 years ago today (Aug 1, 1981), MTV went on the air and began playing music videos 24 hours a day. The first video played was “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
The number of videos began to decline less than a decade later, so that by the year 2000, Mtv played videos for only 8 hours a day.
By 2008, Mtv was playing music videos only 3 hours each day.
Now, Mtv has several channels, each with different content. MTV Classic is the only one that shows music videos, with different shows airing different blocks of music videos from different eras.
For example, one show called ‘90s Nation plays music videos from the 1990s for an hour. There is an 80’s show that lasts for an hour a day.
It seems that Video may have killed the Radio Star, but the Internet killed Mtv.