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Who killed the video star?

I was listening to Video Killed the Radio Star, which was the first video ever played on MTV.  I got to thinking that MTV no longer plays music videos, however radio is still alive and kicking.  So obviously video didn't kill the radio star, video committed suicide while radio survived, despite its age.



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Sep. 19th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I Want My MTV
I only just got cable this summer and, well, haven't even checked out the MTV channels (I stick mainly with qubo, Boomerang, Disney, and the like). No more music vids?

Perhaps they can update the song with a YouTube slant?

[and, yes, thanks a bunch, I've got that damnable song stuck in my mind now ;o) ...and it's in my mp3 playlist so I can just loop it along.]
Sep. 19th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Re: I Want My MTV
They gradually stopped showing videos on MTV, so they created MTV2. But now even MTV2 doesn't show videos anymore, and neither does VH1.
Sep. 20th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I think video did kill the radio star. Radio stars weren't musicians, they were radio play actors. How long since those were prime time entertainment?

I suspect the Internet probably killed music video channels.
Sep. 20th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)

Radio plays ended (in the United States) on the 30th of September, 1962, with the cancellation of the last dramas (Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, about a freelance insurance investigator and you read that correctly was the last one). But network radio fiction shows had been shut down through the 50s. That was driven more by the prospect of having the chance to make more money in television, partly by its greater possibilities for advertising appeal, partly by realizing if there was less radio drama-and-comedy, fans would go to television for those shows.

Sep. 20th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)

And I've been reading the Dalai Lama lately, so be proud of yourself. ;)
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