Forty years later, here are 20 little-known facts about MTV's monumental launch. The MTV Moon Man attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The creative juices didn’t appear to be flowing in the run-up to MTV’s launch. Original MTV VJs Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson, Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman, and Nina Blackwood celebrate the network's 20th anniversary in 2001. MTV VJ Downtown Julie Brown and Dwezil Zappa appear on the MTV Video Music Awards on September 11, 1987.