"Video Killed the Radio Star": How MTV Changed The World

Code: SL32801

Dates: September 29, 2021

Meets: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $39.00

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Examine and discuss the early years of MTV, the cable-TV channel that changed the music industry in particular, and pop culture in general, when it debuted on 8/01/81. The first part of the session will include a look at how pop music was marketed before MTV, focusing on radio and broadcast TV, and how the channel was created. The second part will be a Zoom interview/participant Q&A session with original MTV “veejay,” Lower Merion native, Mark Goodman.
Fee: $39.00

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Chuck Darrow

Chuck Darrow has been covering the Philadelphia/Atlantic City entertainment scene for more than 45 years as a journalist and broadcaster. His award-winning career began at the Temple News, the student-run newspaper at Temple University. His first byline ever there was atop his own weekly rock music column. By the time he left the News, he’d served as entertainment editor, features editorand editor-in-chief. In March, 1980, at age 23, Chuck began his professional career as the music columnist/entertainment writer-critic for the Philadelphia Journal. When the Journal folded in December, 1981, Chuck left journalism, but returned in 1985, when he began a 23-year-run at the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill, N.J. During his time at the Courier-Post, Chuck published thousands of articles on everything from the legendary Live Aid concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium to the opening of multiple casino-hotels to feature stories filed from the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. At one time or another, he held the positions of pop music critic, movie critic, theater critic, television critic, casual dining critic, fine dining critic and radio columnist (often wearing multiple hats simultaneously). Among the hundreds of celebrities Chuck interviewed for the Courier-Post were Donald Trump, Sir Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Dick Clark. It was also at the Courier-Post in 1986 that he began writing a weekly column about entertainment, dining and gaming in Atlantic City—a beat that would ultimately become his “brand.” And in 2004, he created Chuck Darrow’s Phillies Blog,the paper’s first- ever online blog. While at the Courier-Post, Chuck was the recipient of two New Jersey Press Association awards (for critical writing and as part of the reporting team that covered the collapse of an Atlantic City casino parking garage). In 2008, Chuck realized his long-held dream of working for the Philadelphia Daily News when he was hired to be the paper’s first full-time casino-beat writer. In that capacity, he covered entertainment, gaming and business topics, as well as contributing non-casino lifestyle and entertainment stories. In January 2013, he was named the paper’s theater columnist/critic, a post he held until leaving the Daily News at the end of 2015. Today, Chuck is the Casino Lifestyle Editor at BettorsInsider.com, a leading sports-wagering info website. He is also an in-demand freelance writer who has been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer; PhillyVoice.com, SJ Magazine; SJ First magazine (the membership publication of the Southern New Jersey chapter of AAA) and Inside Jersey magazine (the monthly published by the Star-Ledger of North Jersey). But Chuck’s show business experience extends well beyond writing about it. For 30 years,he has been the creative partner of entertainer and former Saturday Night Live star Joe Piscopo. Together, the two have written TV and film scripts, as well as material for Joe’s acclaimed live act. In the early 1980s, Chuck was road manager for the late RCA recording artist, Robert Hazard, composer of Cyndi Lauper’s smash hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Chuck is a musician himself, with almost 50 years of experience. Currently, he is the bassist and co-composer for the original band, Nytrous, as well as bassist for two “cover” bands, Flute 66, which offers a unique take on classic-rock thanks to the use of a flute as the lead instrument, and Janice Is Gone, which specializes in the“jangle-rock” of the 1980s and 1990s. Additionally, Chuck is a stand-up comic, having performed at a variety of venues, including Punch Line Philly, Catch A Rising Star in Atlantic City, and Sarcasm in Cherry Hill, NJ. And he is well-known to radio listeners in the Philadelphia market, as he has been a part-time talk show host on several of the city’s leading outlets including WWDB-FM, WPHT-AM and sports-talk outlets WIP-AM and WPEN-AM where, in 2006, he hosted a weekly program devoted to poker. From 2016-’18, he hosted That’s Show Biz on Philly’s WWDB-AM. It was the market’s only regularly scheduled broadcast program dedicated exclusively to arts and entertainment, dining and travel. Among the entertainment-industry giants who appeared on “That’s Show Biz” are Paul Anka; The Amazing Kreskin; Herb Alpert; Trevor Noah; Alice Cooper; David Crosby; Johnny Mathis; Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller); Hal Holbrook; Ed Asner; (The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Lou Grant) and Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H). Chuck is a partner in Exit 13A Entertainment, a TV and film production company. He is also an entrepreneur. He is CEO of Scentrifugal Events LLC which produces public and private, fragrance-based experiential events. Chuck is a Philadelphia native.


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