Classic MTV VJs Quinn, Hunter, Goodman will be at Rock Hall for ‘Stay Tuned’ event

Do you still want your MTV — the way it used to be?

Oh, those classic videos! And, almost as important, those original VJs.

Well, three of those video jockeys — Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and, last but not least, Martha Quinn — will be in Cleveland on Sept. 5 for an event the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Says the Rock Hall in a news release:

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is hosting a special event on September 5 in celebration of the Museum’s award-winning exhibit, Stay Tuned: Rock on TV. Experience how television and rock & roll’s intersection changed popular culture forever and gave icons a new creative outlet. Hear from original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn in a conversation moderated by Karen Herman, Vice President and Chief Curator for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Tickets to the after-hours event — it starts at 7 p.m. — are $15, the release states. Fans will get a live interview followed by a meet-and-greet opportunity with Goodman, Hunter, and Quinn in the Foster Theater. (Blackwood is joining by phone.)

Martha Quinn
Martha Quinn arrives at the “Rock of Ages” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Friday June 8, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

The event is tied not only to the closing of “Stay Tuned: Rock on TV,” which happens on Sept. 8, but also to the debut of a companion program on SiriusXM radio that debuts between the event and the closing of the exhibit.

(Check out The News-Herald’s preview of the exhibit from 2018.)

This hat was worn by Petty in the video “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” inspired by the children’s fantasy novel, Alice in Wonderland. In the video, Petty portrayed the Mad Hatter. At the end of the video, Alice is turned into a cake and gleefully eaten by Petty and his bandmates. “[MTV] actually made me edit out a scene of my face when we were cutting her up,” Petty told an interviewer in 2005. “They said it was just too lascivious. It was just a shot of me grinning, and they were like, ‘Well, you can do it, but you can’t enjoy it that much’.” The clip won the 1985 MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects in a Video. (This photo at the exterior shot of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at top are courtesy of the Rock Hall.)
From the release:

SiriusXM’s Volume (channel 106), the channel devoted to the discussion and dissection of music, is broadcasting the conversation in its entirety the next day, Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, highlights from the event are also being broadcast on SiriusXM’s 80s on 8 (channel 8), which features the best 80s music plus programs hosted by original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, and Alan Hunter along with 80s Trivia content from Martha Quinn, as well as on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (channel 310).

Get more information on the radio show here and tickets to the event here.

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