Four of the five original MTV veejays, f.k.a. video jockeys, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn collaborate with rock journalist Gavin Edwards to produce VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave, a behind-the-scenes oral history of the early years of MTV, 1981 to 1987, when it was exploding, reshaping the culture, and creating “the MTV generation.”
Rounding out the five is J.J. Jackson who passed away in 2004.
These VJs had once-in-a-lifetime pleasure of introducing some of the greatest pop star legends to the world and even the experience of being celebs themselves with the level of access they had to the stars. MTV launched on Aug. 1, 1981. The top U.S. single at the time was Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.” Hunter received the first picture of a naked female fan sent to the male VJ to pass along to Aerosmith’s Steve Perry.