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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.During the week prior, classic music videos from forgotten artists/bands aired, titled Whatever Happened To...?
Rosie O'Donnell later joined the outlet's veejay lineup.
O'Donnell would also host a comedy show featuring various comedians each episode.
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.
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 used on VH1 Classic (UK & Ireland) in 1999 to 2010 and VH1 Classic USA in 2000 to 2007 and is still used on VH1 Classic Europe in 2004 to present.
They began airing "History of Music Videos A to Z" during the July 4 weekend from 1994 to 1998 where they would show a large percentage of their library of music videos, which would include mini-marathons of videos by artists with a large number of videos.
VH1 (originally an initialism of Video Hits One) is an American cable television network based in New York City that is owned by the Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a unit of Viacom Media Networks.