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Audacy Podcasts to Debut Series on Cultural Impact of MTV

Audacy Podcasts is set to release a new podcast series called Who Killed the Video Star? The Story of MTV.

The eight-part series will be hosted by former MTV VJ and Esquire Editor-At-Large Dave Holmes. The first two episodes released Wednesday, with new episodes releasing weekly through Wednesday, May 8th.

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“In the ‘80s and ‘90s, MTV was a window into an alternate universe, one full of music and art and style and sex, that commanded the attention of my whole generation. At the turn of the millennium, I climbed through that window and worked there, and found myself surrounded with the smartest, hardest-working people on Earth, people who loved music and pop culture the way I did,” said Dave Homles.

“MTV is still on the air in 2024, and it’s still profitable, but my nieces and nephews know it as a logo on an Urban Outfitters t-shirt. I wanted to know what happened, and where the spirit of MTV exists now. As I gathered the story, in real-time, a few other bulletproof media brands– Vice, Pitchfork, Sports Illustrated, MTV News itself– went out of business. The story of MTV is a fascinating one in its own right, but it’s also turned out to be, in microcosm, the story of media in 2024.”

“Dave’s insider perspective makes him the perfect person to dissect the trajectory of the cultural phenomenon that is MTV, “ said Jenna Weiss-Berman, EVP, Podcasts, Audacy. “This series is a treat for listeners across all the generations who made MTV a part of their lives.” 

Guests on the show include former VJs “Downtown” Julie Brown,  Damien Fahey, and Kevin Seal. Additionally, former MTV News reporters like Gideon Yago, Chris Connelly, and Suchin Pak will also be featured.

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