It played more jazz and R&B artists than MTV and had a higher rotation of urban-contemporary performers.
Its early on-camera personalities were New York radio veterans Don Imus (then of WNBC), Frankie Crocker (then program director and DJ for WBLS), Scott Shannon (of Z100), Jon Bauman ("Bowzer" from Sha Na Na), Bobby Rivers, and Rita Coolidge.
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O'Donnell would also host a comedy show featuring various comedians each episode.
As an added touch to make the network more like a televised radio station, the early years of the network featured jingles in their bumpers produced by JAM Creative Productions in Dallas, who had previously made jingles for radio stations worldwide.
The format left room for occasional ad-libs by the VJ, a godsend for emcees such as Imus and O'Donnell.
In true Imus style, he used a 1985 segment of his VH-1 show to jokingly call smooth-jazz icon Sade Adu a "grape" for her oval-shaped head.
Typical of VH1's very early programming was New Visions, a series which featured videos and in-studio performances by smooth jazz and classical and new-age bands and performers, including Spyro Gyra, Andy Narell, Mark Isham, Philip Glass, and Yanni.
At first many different musicians guest-hosted the program, but eventually musician/songwriter Ben Sidran became the permanent host.
series and the Celebreality block of programming, as part of the channel's current focus on popular culture.
As of February 2015, approximately 92.6 million US households (79.6% of households with television) receive VH1.
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