So MTV has celebrated their 30th birthday. Wow! 30 years. It honestly doesn’t seem that long ago, but there it is in back and white. Thirty years. Wow! I remember sitting with my brother, Matthew, well let’s see, it must have been 30 years ago, as we waited for the first ever shot of MTV to come on the screen. We were riveted. This was going to be awesome, and like nothing we’d ever seen before.

So MTV has celebrated their 30th birthday. Wow! 30 years. It honestly doesn’t seem that long ago, but there it is in back and white. Thirty years. Wow!


I remember sitting with my brother, Matthew, well let’s see, it must have been 30 years ago, as we waited for the first ever shot of MTV to come on the screen. We were riveted. This was going to be awesome, and like nothing we’d ever seen before.


The channel came on, and this rocket was set to launch, with a countdown taking place. “Five, four, three, two, one,” and then “Ladies and gentlemen ... rock and roll!” It was thrilling. My brother and I couldn’t believe that we were seeing anything this cool. Honestly, I could hardly catch my breath.


Little did we know, we’d be the lucky generation, the fortunate generation, the kids who knew MTV when it was at its best.


We loved the VJ’s. We loved each of them, whether they be Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn or J.J. Jackson.


I wanted to be Martha Quinn. In my eyes, she was the pinnacle of what a cool chick should be. Matthew was a fan of Nina Blackwood. Come to think of it, he had a few dates back in the day that resembled her a fair bit, so I guess it all makes sense as to why. Oh, Mark Goodman! So cute! That curly mop of unkempt hair! I remember writing?Charlotte Goodman on many a notebook. Then J.J. and Alan.?They had the best taste in music. All of them were phenomenal.?They spoke to those of us who tuned in. It was harmless. We listened.?They were just like us. We finally belonged.


Oh, and the videos. My favorite band to this day is Duran Duran, and I know deep down that it has a lot to do with seeing them on screen over and over again. “Rio.” Now that was a video. And “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Videographers created mini movies back then. Videos told stories. They didn’t just show people gyrating for the sake of gyrating. There was artistry involved. Slade’s “My Oh My” was one I remember as moving me. It was so full of passion. And who can forget Tawny Kitaen dancing on a car in?Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again?” I was so going to be her, too!


I can’t even watch it now. I won’t. Jersey Shore, 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and how can we forget, Teen Mom 2. It’s so sad. It’s so depressing.


When MTV first came out, and for a good few years after, MTV allowed my generation our childhoods. We were allowed to sing, dance, even fall in love with Simon LeBon if we wanted, but that was about the extent of it.


Now MTV has taken the music out and put the trash in. These shows run on a 24-hour loop, and when kids watch MTV now, parents are worried. And they should be.


MTV now spotlights all that is tragic about young people in this country. The over excess, the drinking, the drug taking, the unprotected sex. All of it is shown, and for what??For people to find it entertaining? If that’s the case, then there really is something seriously wrong with that.


Turn on any news network at any time of the day or night, and you can see the reality of more and more young people getting caught up in something unsavory; something that may set them on a very unfortunate path.?We don't need those same images shown for the benefit of entertainment.


One of my favorite videos of all time was “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits. It was visually impressive, while teaching my generation a valuable lesson about life. As Mark Knoffler so eloquently put it, “I want my MTV.”


My MTV, the MTV of my generation.?The MTV that spoke positively to so many of us. I want my MTV ... but I want it back, just like it used to be.


Charlotte Guedry writes for the Weekly Citizen of Gonzales, La.