It was 30 years ago today.
MTV went on the air, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. And I just got the word that another new media venture I’ve been part of, the Next New Networks channel, Ben Relles’ Barely Political, just reached 1 billion views. And think of all the cartoons in between.
It’s been amazing to be at the epicenter of so much great work over the years.
There are a few seldom noticed heroes in the MTV saga, since most of the attention goes to the front folks, the rock bands and the VJs. So, I’d like to tip my hat to MTV’s original idea guy, John Lack, our first president, Jack Schneider, and our visionary, Bob PIttman. It’s obvious what their MTV roles had to do with my career, but the truth is, I’ve been dining out on things they taught me for all the decades since. There wouldn’t be a Next New Networks without the ideas I learned from them starting on the first day we met. Thank you gentlemen.