By http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mtv-vj-unplugged-history-book-359958
Updated: Wednesday, August 6, 2012 - 9:00 AM

First Look: MTV VJ History Book Cover

In "VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave" the music channel's original hosts dish about the net's early years in their own words.

Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn are getting together with Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards to tell their story in their own words in the forthcoming book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave.

The four (along with the late J.J. Jackson) were the first on-air hosts hired by MTV when the channel debuted in 1981, throwing the newcomers into the heady world of rock as the music video revolution exploded.

The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at their sometimes wild world, from John Cougar's attempt to seduce Blackwood to David Lee Roth offering Goodman groupies and cocaine to Quinn traveling with Bob Dylan on his private jet to Ireland.

The VJs also step back from the wild stories to look at how MTV changed both music and television. In chronicling the cable net's early days, they use their story to tell the story of the 80s and the generation that was transformed by the music video.

As they jokingly conclude, "We’re the reason you have no attention span.”

Look for VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave in bookstores in May 2013 from Atria.

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Uncut: Original MTV VJs Have Book Deal For

uncensored’ Oral History Of Music Channel

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By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 9:10 AM

 

NEW YORK — MTV’s surviving original VJs have some wild times to share.

 

Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Thursday that it had signed with Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn for an “uncensored” oral history of the music channel launched in 1981. The book is currently untitled and no release date has been set.  A fifth VJ, J.J. Jackson, died in 2004.

 

According to Atria, the VJs will talk about everything from partying with Van Halen to a disastrous “Paint the Mutha Pink” contest with “Pink Houses” singer John Cougar Mellencamp. The VJs also participated in an MTV oral history published last fall, but Atria spokesman Paul Olsewski said Thursday that they have saved their “best stories” for their own book.

 

Blackwood will be posting progress reports about the making of the book on her Facebook pages at:

https://www.facebook.com/ninablackwoodofficial

 

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 United Stations Radio Network Signs Nina Blackwood

Until The End Of The World …

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Hot Off The Press, Updated:  Monday, January 9, 2012

 

Los Angeles — Blackwood’s nationally syndicated “Absolutely80s” and “New Wave Nation” shows are now scheduled to air until after the Mayan calendar is to end.

 

Producer Danny Sheridan announced that an agreement was reached to extend Nina Blackwood’s broadcast deal with United Stations Radio Networks well past the date that the world is scheduled to end this coming December 21st. 

 

“We have had a long and comfortable relationship with the entire team at USRN”, says Sheridan, “and now we have happily agreed to keep Nina’s shows with United Stations through 2012.”

 

Nina Blackwood helped set the musical tastes and trends that are being celebrated today, and she continues to highlight the video era that changed music forever with her weekend three-hour long and daily five minute short-form “Absolutely80s”.  On them, Nina plays all of the huge hits that she helped to break as a VJ on MTV and tells her own stories about having been there.

 

Before today's alternative music arrived, hundreds of adventuresome artists shaped the sound of clubs, campuses, record racks, and of course early alternative radio.  The best of that 80s rock, Brit pop, Ska, New York punk, and California underground can be heard on Blackwood’s other three-hour weekend show, “New Wave Nation”.

 

All three radio shows are broadcast on important radio stations across the US and Canada and include rare interviews, weekly features, and Blackwood’s charismatic and genuine enjoyment of the music.

 

When asked about long-term plans for the shows Sheridan added that, “If the world doesn’t end next December as predicted, I anticipate that we will already be in negotiations to renew Nina’s USRN deal into 2013.”

 

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Nina Blackwood Signs New Contract With SiriusXm Satellite Radio

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Hot Off The Press, Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2011

 

NEW YORK — Original MTV VJ continues to broadcast on the ‘Big 80s On 8” channel in 2012.

 

In a contract signed today, Nina Blackwood has agreed to continue her daily broadcasts and countdown specials on SiriusXM’s “Big 80s On 8”.  Available on their channel 8, Blackwood hosts hit music from the decadent 1980 decade along with fellow former VJs Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn, and she provides her own brand of ‘color commentary’ between the tunes.

 

For up to the minute schedules for all of the SiriusXM original VJs, use your Internet connection to click over to: www.Facebook.com/Big80son8

 

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She was MTV’s Original VJ
Hosted her own “Rock Report” on “Entertainment Tonight” 
Co-hosted “Solid Gold” with Marilyn McCoo and Arsenio Hall
And appeared in many TV shows and Films, including the cult classic “Vice Squad” 

NOW …
August 1st was MTV's Anniversary, so check out some of these celebrations:

 

Jeb Wright interviewed Nina the other day.  Check it out on:


Nina was also interviewed by Joe Elvis at WNRQ-FM 105.9 "The Rock" in Nashville
  
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Monday August 1st we heard Nina’s exclusive interviews for
MTV’s Anniversary on some of the radio stations that air her
“Absolutely80s” and “New Wave Nation” shows, plus others.
Click here to listen to Nina on 93.3 KDKB
Click here for more stations


Did you catch the five hour VJ 30th Anniversary Special at SiriusXm's channel 8 *80s On 8* ?  Rediscover the launch of MTV with interviews from original VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn.

Here are some excerpts:
Who Was The First MTV VJ? On SiriusXM 80s on 8
Klaus Meine with The Original VJs: "I Want My MTV" on SiriusXM
Eddie Money with the Original MTV VJs on SiriusXM 80s on 8


Click here for the latest on all of the original Video Jockeys from MTV at the special anniversary  "80s VJs Site"


"Nina Blackwood Still Rocking, Reflecting on MTV's 30th Birthday"

First Generation VJ Talks About How MTV Changed Musical Landscape



by Kimberly Morgan of Yahoo News


'Nobody's Gonna Watch Music on TV'
an article By LARRY GETLEN of the


"Thirty Years Later, MTV's Revolution Continues ...
Without Any Soundtrack"
by Steve Spears of the



 



Nina Blackwood continues to be THE icon of 80s music !!  You can hear her daily on SiriusXM Satellite Radio channel 8, hosting “80s on 8”and across the country every weekend with her two broadcast radio shows –
“Absolutely80s” and “New Wave Nation”.

If you want to hear your favorite 80s music … and keep in touch with the 80s today …
Come on in and surf around !!

 


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