By Maria Trimarchi on March 14, 2018
Do you remember the nickname of old-school MTV VJ Julie Brown or the names of some of the early talking heads who hosted MTV News? Know who hosted guests on "TRL" during its '90s heyday, or the names of the original five VJs hired by MTV when the network first launched? Remember who won the network's "Wanna Be a VJ?" contest in 1998? If you know the answers to all of these questions, you might have what it takes to ace this MTV VJ quiz!
With shows like "Teen Mom" and "The Challenge" dominating the network, it can be easy to forget that MTV was originally founded to exclusively play music videos. It launched in 1981 with "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles -- followed by Pat Benatar's "You Better Run" -- and played the latest and greatest videos 'round the clock.
As a visual version of the Top 40, the network borrowed the concept of DJs from radio. Calling them video jockeys, or VJs, these on-air personalities kept viewers engaged and played host to early specials and concerts. The OG group of five VJS, including Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn, became icons among MTV fans, their names forever cemented in musical TV history.
As MTV expanded its programming beyond music over the years, the role of VJ has shifted dramatically, with these hosts now called upon to take the reins at events like Spring Break, the VMAs, "Unplugged" and "TRL." Do you think you can recognize them all from just a single image? Take our quiz to find out!