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Also frequently featured in the network's early years were "videos" for Motown and other 60s oldies consisting of newsreel and concert footage.
It was introduced on January 1, 1985 with the video performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Marvin Gaye.
For a time, even country music videos aired in a one-hour block during the afternoons.
They started out using MTV's famous Kabel typeface font for their music video credit tags.
It was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and the original owner of MTV (MTV and VH1 are now both owned by Viacom Media Networks).
The original purpose of the channel was to build upon the success of MTV by playing music videos, but targeting a slightly older demographic than its sister channel, focusing on the lighter, softer side of popular music.
During this time, they also had some non-music programming, such as a comedy hour hosted by Rosie O'Donnell with various amateur and veteran comedians, called Stand Up Spotlight, Long blocks of music videos by a particular artist or band, theme, or years were also very popular in this era.
One popular weekend program was called Video Rewind, in which blocks of 1980s videos from one particular year would play for an hour.
The updates were typically shown twice an hour during the program.
At first many different musicians guest-hosted the program, but eventually musician/songwriter Ben Sidran became the permanent host.
New-Age music videos continued to play on the channel into the 1990s.
From the start, Video Hits One was branded as an urban version of its sister/parent channel.
It played more jazz and R&B artists than MTV and had a higher rotation of urban-contemporary performers.