Mark Goodman, along with MTV’s other three VJs who helped launch the music network in 1981, has written about his experiences at MTV in the early 1980s in “VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave.” Mark has been in the radio and music business for 35 years, beginning in his hometown of Philadelphia at WMMR and later at WPLJ, New York City’s number one rock station. He joined the as yet unknown music video channel called MTV in 1981. As one of the five original VJs, Mark interviewed all the big names in music in the early 1980s – Paul McCartney, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Billy Idol, Carlene Carter, Mark Knopfler, Journey, Pointer Sisters, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Duran Duran, Jack Nicholson, Paul Schaeffer, Phil Collins and Genesis, Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, David Bowie, Tom Petty and many others. He also hosted several special shows for the channel including “The Week In Rock,” “120 Minutes” and the first show ever syndicated to broadcast by MTV, “The Top 20 Video Countdown.”
In the late 1980’s Mark began an acting career and appeared in several films including “Man Trouble” (called the worst film Jack Nicholson ever made), “Don’t Be a Menace To Society When You’re Drinking Your Juice In The Hood” with the Wayans brothers, and “Police Academy 6.” On TV Mark could be seen in such shows as “ Married With Children,” “The Practice,” “Superman,” “Vinny And Bobby” and others.
In 1989, Mark returned to radio and over the next 10 years worked at stations including KROQ, KMPC-FM (The Edge) and Star 98.7 in Los Angeles, as well as Q101 and WLS-FM in Chicago and Mix 96.9 in Phoenix. In 1999, Mark became SVP of Music Programming for Soundbreak.com, an Internet radio station. Today, Mark hosts shows on Sirius Satellite Radio on its Big 80’s channel. Since starting there in 2004, Mark has added shows on Classic Rewind (late 70’s through early 90’s rock) and The Spectrum (a lively mix of rock, pop and indy). Recently, he served as music supervisor for the TV show “Desperate Housewives” and hosts special programs and interviews for VH1 and VH1 Classic.