MTV announced it’s pulling the plug on Total Request Live, after 10 years on the air. I guess that means MTV is officially over music videos.
I’m of the generation that grew up watching Dial MTV and the Top 20 Video Countdown, starring this guy:
But I liked TRL too, mostly because it brings back a lot of fond memories. The first season began during my freshman year of college. I remember coming back to the dorm after class and watching Carson Daly play Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls videos.
I remember when folks banded together and requested “The Right Stuff,” by New Kids on the Block enough to get it aired in 1999. I remember when Carson and Jay-Z came on a train to Spencer, NC, the town where I went to high school, for a live broadcast of TRL. And I remember when Mariah Carey had her famous on-air meltdown:
Watch video here.
So, even though I haven’t watched TRL in years, I’m sad to see it go.