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Datebook: August 1 – MTV turns 30

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“Video killed the radio star” 30 years ago on August 1, 1981. The first music video ever played was the aforementioned song by The Buggles. At one time, MTV had a profound impact on the music industry and popular culture. Slogans such as “I want my MTV” and “MTV is here” became embedded in public thought, the concept of the VJ was popularized, the idea of a dedicated video-based outlet for music was introduced, and both artists and fans found a central location for concert music events, news, and promotion. MTV has also been referenced countless times in popular culture by musicians, other TV channels and television program, films, and books. MTV’s moral influence on young people, including issues related to censorship and social activism, has been a subject of debate for years.

It’s Monday, August 1

Drag Boat races return to Pisgah Bay in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area from 10 to 5 Saturday and Sunday. For more information see online. That’s the Kentucky Drag Boat Association.

Hotel Metropolitan has a fish fry Friday as part of Paducah’s Emancipation Celebration. It’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8 plates include fish, 2 sides (whitebeans, slaw or fries) bread, and drink. Admission to the hotel at 724 Oscar Cross Avenue is by donation.

Tomorrow from 3:30 p.m. to sunset Kentucky Equine Abilities Center is working with its horses at the Hopkins County Fair Grounds Ballard Center on Arch Street in Madisonville. It’s an additional venue for the therapeutic riding program taking riders on a first come first serve basis at a cost of $3 per rider. Rider and volunteer packets will be available on site tomorrow.

Thursday at noon back hear Constance Alexander’s series about Land Between the Lakes and its residents, Connecting People and Place. See more at


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