The first video the network ever aired was pretty meta — fittingly so, considering all the Gen-X viewers it inspired. “Video Killed the Radio Star,” by British synthpop group The Buggles, aired on August 1, 1981 — the official debut date of Music Television. True to its word, MTV then proceeded to kill the radio star. Some 20 years later, once it mostly stopped playing music videos, it would pretty much kill the video star too. At least we still have Snooki.