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Who Killed the Video Star: The Story of MTV

Audacy Studios

For nearly four decades MTV defined youth culture -- today it's a shell of its former self. What happened? How did MTV build a brand that stayed relevant to young viewers for decades, just to throw it all away? Who Killed the Video Star is a new 8-episode Audacy original about the rise and fall of MTV hosted by former MTV VJ, Dave Holmes.

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In our finale, we try to get an answer for our central question: what happened to MTV? But also, for the deeper questions that have been bubbling up over the last eight episodes, what happened to everything? Why does the loss of MTV hit so hard? Is t... more

13 days ago

For now anyway, we have heard the last of the place where you used to hear it first. While we were recording this podcast, as part of a round of layoffs at Paramount, MTV News was officially euthanized. So we’re taking a moment to talk to some of the... more

20 days ago

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 282 ratings
  • Was hoping for a true deep dive

    I wanted to love this, but it falls short for me. I worked at MTV in the mid-80’s-mid-90’s. The real story is the people that worked there, all young, highly creative and flexing their natural skills to help will a network into existence. Instead, we get a very general overview of the network, with little real insight into the key players/architects: Tom, Judy, Van, Dave….and many more. That the MTV news segment glossed over choose or lose, House of Style, 10th year Anniversary, Tabitha, VMA pre... more

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    United States18 days ago
  • Finally.

    This is podcast is amazing. I grew up with everything on here. We first had mtv but it was scrambled, we could see the videos but we could hear all the music. The greatest…. Thank you for this podcast. It takes me back. Cheers to ya.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States19 days ago
  • Carlsberg don’t make nostalgic pop culture podcasts…

    …but if they did they would probably work with Dave Holmes. This is such a great series; I’m eagerly awaiting the conclusion this week.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States20 days ago
  • Another fascinating podcast

    For those of us who grew up with MTV, this bit of nostalgia is wonderful. MTV made household names of artists that were local stars in their hometowns, brought new audiences to established artists and ushered in a decade of musical greatness. Dave has done a wonderful job of giving us the backstory of this amazing touchstone of American youth culture.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States23 days ago
  • Yay Dave Holmes

    I'll listen to anything he makes!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States23 days ago

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