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Life on the V2014

The Story of V66

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In the early 1980s, Massachusetts radio personality John Garabedian came up with a plan to launch a TV channel to function as music television for the Boston-based college crowd. His goal was to take the Music Video television concept and make it live (real time) and local (catering to Boston's interests). On February 12, 1985, V66 (on WVJV-TV channel 66) went live on the air and created an immediate sensation. V66 was in the right place at the right time to showcase Boston's superstar acts of this era (Aerosmith, The Cars and The J. Geils Band) as well as the new rising stars from Boston's music scene ('Til Tuesday, Extreme and The Del Fuegos). They played a wide variety of music genres and often times they played local unsigned bands in between international superstars. In July 1985, V66 was the only non-cable TV channel besides ABC to broadcast the historic Live Aid concert in Boston. They also broadcast live concerts and events all over the Boston area. The fans on the street, dancing at the clubs and calling in to win contests became as much a part of the channel as the music being played. In the summer of 1986, V66 was sold to the Home Shopping Network. On September 21, 1986, V66 signed off the channel 66 airwaves. LIFE ON THE V captures that moment in time, by combining archival footage with newly shot interviews told by the people who lived it.

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What great memories!!!!! I was a teenager when V66 was on air and it was on round the clock in my house. When it dissapeared without explanation i was crushed. This is so great to see all these VJs I grew up watching and learn the whole story of the genesis and exodus of V66. Loved it!!!!