(Refer to the "How Old Are You" thread if you need verification that I was part of the first MTV generation).
My city got cable-tv in 1982, I was a bored, music-loving teenager. MTV was not offered in my town when cable first arrived, but, a couple of months later, it showed up -- on Channel 26 as I recall... It was freakin amazing. It was exactly as advertised -- radio... for your TV. Formatted just like a radio station, MTV showed several videos in a row (mostly rock/pop acts of the day, mixed in with some classic rock concert footage). After a block of videos, one of the five original VJs (Martha, Nina, JJ, Mark or Alan) would talk about what you just saw and heard. There was music news every hour, concert dates, interviews with music stars of the day. It was revolutionary, in terms of what was on TV for teenagers.
Trust me -- the station that today calls itself MTV has absolutley NOTHING in common with the MTV from (gulp) more than 23 years ago.
BTW -- I actually clicked by the MTV Movie Awards last night as the stars of the film "The Breakfast Club" were honored. That was pretty cool.
In her speech, Molly Ringwald made reference to how sad she was that screenwriter/director John Hughs was not there for the award, I was curious why that was... He's not dead, is he? Is he still in the industry? Havent heard his name mentioned in years. Hughes is responsible for some of the great comedies of the 80s.