When a fledgling music video channel debuted on cable television in the 1980s, Nina Blackwood became one of a select few faces the world associated with the revolutionary station, MTV. Blackwood’s experience as an original VJ (video jockey) for MTV makes her an ideal host of The 80s Cruise where she’ll share her expertise on and love for the music and Artists of this great decade with fellow passengers.
Blackwood studied piano and orchestral harp from the age of five and has herself performed as a musician. She also trained as an actor at the Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles and secured some modeling work and appearances on television series and movies early in her career. More recently, Blackwood has done music commentary on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and hosted her own “Rock Report” on Entertainment Tonight. In 2013, she and fellow MTV VJs collaborated with Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards on “VJ-The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave.” The book tells the story of MTV’s early years and hit the New York Times bestseller list in May 2013. Beyond the music scene, Blackwood is a dedicated animal lover with several parrots, cats and an Alaskan Malamute.
Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s is Sundays Noon- 3pm that transports its audience back to the 1980s. No one knows the ’80s like original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood. She helped set the musical tastes and trends that are being celebrated today. Now you can treat your listeners to her expertise and enthusiasm.
The show’s features, such as The ’80s Game, When Did That Happen, The Rock Vault, The One Hit Wonder and The Total Recall Top 5, satisfy the audience’s curiosity for trivia about ’80s memories, styles and events.