Mike Derrico’s full conversation with original MTV VJ NINA BLACKWOOD. Portions of the interview were featured in The Rise & Fall of MTV, an episode of RUF’s sister podcast, RETROSPEAK, where Mike and Pat Ivanitski discuss the early years of MTV, the channel’s influence on pop culture and the music industry, as well as its fall from relevance. NINA BLACKWOOD was one of the five original VJs on MTV from the channel’s launch in 1981 through 1986. She went on to host Solid Gold, the Rock Report segment of Entertainment Tonight, and nationally syndicated radio shows, Nina BlackWood’s Absolutely 80s and Nina Blackwood’s New Wave Nation. Blackwood can be heard today on the 80s on 8, available on SiriusXM.