31 years later, we still miss 'our' MTV
August 1 is the saddest day every year. Why? It's MTV's birthday, and like a long-passed relative, there's an overwhelming urge today to light a candle, shed a tear and sing Video Killed the Radio Star. Was Aug. 1, 1981 really that long ago?
The closest thing you'll get to *our* MTV these days is listening to Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwood on the Big '80s on 8 channel on Sirius XM satellite radio. The surviving original VJs continue to be our wiser older siblings, always a turn of the radio dial away when you need a lift up.
There's something soothing about listening to our famous friends introduce songs by Martin Briley (Salt in My Tears anyone?) and Thompson Twins (I still can't get King for A Day out of my head). Their sense of humors remain our senses of humor. As long as we hear their voices, there's a sense that we're still back in high school, trying to copy Nicolas Cage's style from Valley Girl and hoping our prom turns out half as dramatic as the one in Pretty in Pink.
Martha, Alan, Mark and Nina are the glue of our generation. MTV gave them to us 31 years ago, so no matter what our thoughts are of the skeletal remains of the network, we should -- each Aug. 1 -- give thanks ... and tune in. Our MTV goes on, long after the remains of music television are gone.