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30 Years, The Long, Colorful History of MTV’s Logo

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photo via writingfordesigners.com

NBC has its peacock, CBS has its always-open eye, and MTV, which first hit the airwaves on August 1, 1981, has always been represented by a large, boxy M with “TV” scrawled in graffiti on its corner. Above is the first MTV commercial ever broadcast on the channel and the first time viewers saw the logo on air — the famous lunar-landing spot that became such a recognizable symbol of the station, the Video Music Awards trophy is called a “Moonman.” MTV’s iconic logo has not changed much in these past three decades, but there have been some subtle facelifts that reflected bigger shifts in the company’s philosophy. Check out the old logo’s

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