During an uber-short 2-day broadcast week of the Howard Stern Show, most of the listening audience were brought back to the days of their youth as the entire cast of (living) original MTV VJs were in the SiriusXM studios at the same time.
It was Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman, and Alan Hunter all together in the studio talking about the early days at MTV, their first auditions for the job and thoughts about their former jobs and co-workers. The only original VJ not in attendance was J.J. Jackson, Triple J, who died in 2004 of a heart attack.
The team has been making the media rounds promoting their group memoir, VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave. They shared some of the crazy stories featured in the book with the Howard Stern audience, including doing coke with David Lee Roth in a trailer. The roster of VJs could basically get laid at will back in the day.
Check out this clip from the Howard TV segment:
Original MTV VJs on the Howard Stern Show:
The full episode featuring the original MTV VJs can only be seen on Howard TV On Demand. Check HowardTV.com for the schedule and air times.
About VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave:
The original MTV VJs offer 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.”
Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn (along with the late J. J. Jackson) had front-row seats to a cultural revolution—and the hijinks of music stars like Adam Ant, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Duran Duran. Their worlds collided, of course: John Cougar invited Nina to a late-night “party” that proved to be a seduction attempt. Mark partied with David Lee Roth, who offered him cocaine and groupies. Aretha Franklin made chili for Alan. Bob Dylan whisked Martha off to Ireland in his private jet.
But while VJ has plenty of dish—secret romances, nude photographs, incoherent celebrities—it also reveals how four VJs grew up alongside MTV’s devoted viewers and became that generation’s trusted narrators. They tell the story of the ’80s, from the neon-colored drawstring pants to the Reagan administration, and offer a deeper understanding of how MTV changed our culture. Or as the VJs put it: “We’re the reason you have no attention span.”