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1989, TV Show


Five Ways MTV Could Relive Its Youth at Age 30


On Aug. 1, 1981, with the help of the Buggles and their song "Video Killed the Radio Star," MTV launched into orbit. That means that MTV is turning 30. That's nearly a generation older than those in its 12-to-18 target demographic. Break out the dentures and Depends!

Seriously though, MTV is far different now. Really, with the boost of Jersey Shore and the 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom  shows, it's a different animal from when the channel was 27. When people talk about its changing face, the "Play videos again!" critique is never far from the discourse; yet, it's hard to see how straightforward music-video programming would fit in to a YouTubed world. Plus, MTV already has a bunch of offshoot stations like MTV Jams to do just that.

That said, it would be nice for MTV to relive what it once did well as a general pop-culture authority.

Check out five suggestions of themes the network could revisit to cover its age spots... read more

Remote Control Host Ken Ober Dead at 52

Ken Ober

Ken Ober, host of MTV's Remote Control, has died at the age of 52, has confirmed.

"His body was discovered in his home on Sunday," Mark Measures, Ober's talent agent, said. "The last person to have spoken to him was on Saturday morning. No foul play is suspected, no suicide, it looks like natural causes, just no one knows the exact cause yet."

Gallery: In Memoriam 2009

Ober began his career on... read more

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Premise: MTV's Ken Ober hosted this TV and pop-culture trivia game in which contestants vied for control of the remote. If they failed, they were booted off the show. The competition took place in Ober's parents' basement, which was furnished with a worn out couch and chairs.



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