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New Wave Nation

Your Home for Alternative Classics! Nina Blackwood hosts 3 hours of the alternative classics and 80's rock you forgot about!

AC, Classic Hits/Oldies 3 Hours

About the show

Nina Blackwood’s New Wave Nation spends three hours weekly spinning the best of the music that is now known as Alternative Gold or Classic Alternative. Long before today’s alternative music arrived, a long list of artists loosely had their music categorized as “New Wave.” These artists shaped the sound of clubs, campuses, record racks, and of course early alternative radio in the 1980’s and late 70’s. Whether it’s British imports like Depeche Mode, The Clash and The Smiths, or domestic punk like Talking Heads and The Ramones, it’s all found in the weekend edition of New Wave Nation. Exclusive interviews, cool features and, of course, Nina Blackwood, an icon of the era, all make this series extra special for affiliates and listeners alike.

Nina Blackwood

Nina Blackwood

Nina Blackwood is a name synonymous with the early days of music television. A true pioneer, she was one of the original five VJs who launched MTV in 1981, introducing the world to a revolutionary new way of experiencing music.

Blackwood’s raspy voice and infectious energy captivated audiences, making her a recognizable face during MTV’s formative years. From 1981 to 1986, she played a crucial role in shaping the network’s identity, introducing iconic music videos and interviewing legendary artists.

Beyond MTV, Blackwood continued her career in music journalism and broadcasting. She hosted segments on “Entertainment Tonight” and “Solid Gold,” showcasing her passion for music across various platforms.

Today, Blackwood remains active in the entertainment industry. She hosts shows on SiriusXM Radio’s “The 80s on 8” channel, keeping the spirit of her MTV days alive. Additionally, she co-hosts “The Big ’80s Top 40 Countdown,” reminiscing about the era she helped define.

Nina Blackwood’s legacy extends beyond her time on MTV. She is a true icon who paved the way for a generation of music lovers and media personalities, forever linked to the exciting and innovative world of music television.

Key Specifications

Format(s) AC, Classic Hits/Oldies
Delivery AIM - Mr. Master
Length 3 Hours Per Weekend