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 Posted: Thu Oct 16th, 2014 09:35 pm
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Martha still looks hot..

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The four surviving original VJs all work as DJs now for SiriusXM's "80s On 8" channel. Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman also DJ on a couple of the other music channels. They and Martha Quinn all sound pretty much the same as in their 1980s MTV heyday, but Nina Blackwood's voice is even raspier than before and she sounds old in a way the others don't.

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Nina seriously needs to bury that hair once and for all.  After burning it.  Her and Ricky Morton should be in a support group for people who can't let their '80s hairstyles go.

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What about the VJ that was hot, I cannot remember her name. Think she was a model, but she had short black hair. If I am remembering correctly she had some health issue, some sort of cell disease.

She went on to be in some movies including Dumb and Dumber.



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When did JJ Jackson die?

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NCJames wrote: When did JJ Jackson die? March 2004



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There was an oral history of MTV that came out a couple of years ago called "I Want My MTV". The book goes from MTV's formation up to the 1992 VMAs by which time "The Real World" had run its first season and was a huge hit, something that changed the station forever. It's a great read and is in the style of the SNL book that came out about a decade back.

In it someone, I think Mark Goodman, notes that when they hired JJ Jackson, there was a mistake due to similar names and JJ was not the person MTV had actually targeted for the spot. He may have been on the air for a while before the mistake was realized. However, he was such a nice guy and so professional that he stuck.

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tamalie wrote: There was an oral history of MTV that came out a couple of years ago called "I Want My MTV". The book goes from MTV's formation up to the 1992 VMAs by which time "The Real World" had run its first season and was a huge hit, something that changed the station forever. It's a great read and is in the style of the SNL book that came out about a decade back.

In it someone, I think Mark Goodman, notes that when they hired JJ Jackson, there was a mistake due to similar names and JJ was not the person MTV had actually targeted for the spot. He may have been on the air for a while before the mistake was realized. However, he was such a nice guy and so professional that he stuck.
Good story. JJ was actually good in the role and I enjoyed him. I thought Nina Blackwell was clueless but, then again, I think most of us did at that time. I was 15 when MTV debuted so I was likely the target age they were going for.



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