Kurt Loder

Music Journalist / Host


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his two-hour Archive interview, Kurt Loder talks about his early life and influences and the kind of music he listened to growing up. He describes his early association with "Rolling Stone" magazine which led to him collaborating with Tina Turner on her autobiography "I, Tina." He recalls the early days of MTV when Michael Jackson and Madonna exploded on the scene, and tells of early MTV events such as Live Aid. He discusses being tapped by MTV to join their news department, where he acted as interviewer, correspondent, and host of the weekly music news show The Week in Rock. Loder outlines his involvement with the MTV Music Video Awards and such famous incidents as the Madonna and Courtney Love interview, and various other controversial moments. He details MTV's evolution from a music video channel to a channel of mostly original programming, and the effect the Internet has had on the music industry in general. He concludes by discussing his work as a panelist on Fox News' Red Eye, and commenting on where he sees MTV and the music industry going in the future. Bonnie Datt conducted the interview on October 13, 2013 in New York, NY. 

"When I got to MTV in 1988 it was a wonderful period. Everything was booming so you could do all this stuff and there were no rules about what this operation should be like. You made it up as you went along. There was no end to what you could do. I heard an executive once, somebody told him that MTV was stupid and he said, 'Yes we are.' It was a ton of fun."

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Kurt Loder on "Rock Against Drugs" and "Rock the Vote"
Kurt Loder on hosting MTV's The Week in Rock
Kurt Loder on the rise of Nirvana and alternative rock and reporting on the death of Kurt Cobain
Kurt Loder on MTV's coverage of the "Tibetan Freedom Concert"
Kurt Loder on working as a print journalist vs. working on camera
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his association with "Rolling Stone" magazine; on various popular music styles
On collaborating with Tina Turner on her autobiography; on going to work for MTV; on how the music industry changed as a result of MTV
On Michael Jackson and Madonna on MTV; on MTV's coverage of Live Aid; on hosting MTV's The Week in Rock
On the stories he covered for MTV News; on the audience for MTV News; on his interview techniques

Chapter 2

On a typical production week for The Week in Rock; on MTV's "Rock the Vote" and "Rock Against Drugs" programs; on more serious stories he covered for MTV News
On the MTV Music Video Awards
On MTV's move from music videos to original programming; on the Internet and the music industry and the rise of "grunge" rock; on playing himself in various projects and various MTV special events
On the then-current state of MTV; on how the Internet has influenced the music industry; on career highlights and regrets and advice to aspiring music journalists
Shows

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert

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Kurt Loder on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert

Live Aid

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Kurt Loder on MTV's coverage of Live Aid

MTV Video Music Awards

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Kurt Loder on the MTV Music Video Awards
Kurt Loder on hosting the MTV Music Video Awards pre-show
Kurt Loder on various controversial incidents on the MTV Music Video Awards
Kurt Loder on his favorite moments on the MTV Music Video Awards
Kurt Loder on the evolution and legacy of the MTV Music Video Awards

Simpsons, The

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Kurt Loder on playing himself in various projects, including The Simpsons

Week in Rock, The

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Kurt Loder on hosting MTV's The Week in Rock
Kurt Loder on a typical production week for MTV's The Week in Rock
Topics

Advice

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Kurt Loder on advice to aspiring music journalists

Celebrities in the News

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Kurt Loder on Michael Jackson and MTV
Kurt Loder on Madonna and MTV
Kurt Loder on celebrities in popular culture

Memorable Moments on Television

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Kurt Loder on MTV's coverage of Live Aid

New Media

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Kurt Loder on the Internet and the music industry
Kurt Loder on how the Internet has influenced the music industry

Pop Culture

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Kurt Loder on Michael Jackson and MTV
Kurt Loder on Madonna and MTV
Kurt Loder on celebrities in popular culture

Television Industry

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Kurt Loder on the Internet and the music industry
Kurt Loder on how the Internet has influenced the music industry
Kurt Loder on advice to aspiring music journalists
Professions

Correspondent

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Kurt Loder on his favorite stories and his interview techniques for MTV News
Kurt Loder on advice to aspiring music journalists

Journalists & News Producers

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Kurt Loder on his favorite stories and his interview techniques for MTV News
Kurt Loder on advice to aspiring music journalists
Genres

Awards Shows

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Kurt Loder on the MTV Music Video Awards

News and Documentary

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Kurt Loder on his favorite stories and his interview techniques for MTV News
Kurt Loder on the types of stories he covered for MTV News and the network's audience
Kurt Loder on a typical production week for MTV's The Week in Rock
People

Dennis Hopper

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Kurt Loder on the special Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock and Roll

Michael Jackson

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Kurt Loder on Michael Jackson and MTV

Madonna

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Kurt Loder on Madonna and MTV

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