Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Who's been around longer -- ESPN or MTV?

Both channels have evolved from humble cable beginnings into media titans. ESPN offers an aggressively hip look at sports via its video games, magazine, restaurants, and television channels. MTV is arguably just as big. Against the odds, they've entered the movie business, produce tons of original TV programs, and have come to represent millions (i.e., "The MTV Generation").

While both channels are amazingly (some say "irritatingly") popular, ESPN has been around nearly two years longer. A little research revealed that the "Entertainment and Sports Programming Network" began shoving sports down America's throat on September 7, 1979. MTV, on the other hand, broadcast its first video ("Video Killed the Radio Star") on August 1, 1981.

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