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 WHTZ), Jon Bauman ("Bowzer" from Sha Na Na), Bobby Rivers, and Rita Coolidge.Later VJs included Tim Byrd of WPIX-FM (the current day FM rebroadcast of WFAN), a station whose eclectic ballad-and-R&B oriented format mirrored that of VH-1, and Alison Steele ("The Nightbird" of WNEW-FM).
As of January 2016, approximately 90.2 million US households receive VH1.
including such musicians as Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Elton John, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Sting, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, Anita Baker, Chicago and Fleetwood Mac, in hopes of appealing to people aged 18 to 35, and possibly older.
VH1 to One was a program in the Video Hits One days that was very similar to Behind The Music.
It profiled artists such as Phil Colins, Michael Bolton and Paul Mc Cartney.
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.Rosie O'Donnell later joined the outlet's veejay lineup.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.VH1 (originally an initialism of Video Hits One) is an American pay television network based in New York City owned by Viacom.