Vincent Hanley, the presenter and associate producer of MT USA, a groundbreaking 1980s show that broadcast pop videos for three hours on RTE television on Sunday afternoons, has been fondly remembered on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Clonmelman Vincent, who was based in New York, introduced the videos against the backdrop of the sights and sounds of the Big Apple and the programme was assembled at the Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin by producer and director Conor McAnally.
MT USA was the first pop music video show broadcast anywhere in Europe and it made even bigger stars out of singers and bands such as U2, ZZ Top, Pat Benatar, Nik Kershaw and Michael Jackson.
Vincent Hanley, who died on April 18th, 1987, three days before his 33rd birthday, had carved out a successful career on radio and television long before MT USA.
A feature on the life and times of Vincent Hanley, including reflections by his brother Fergus, appears in this week’s edition of The Nationalist, which will be on sale tomorrow, Wednesday.