September 12, 1955
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
|Occupation||Disc jockey, music journalist, MTV VJ, actress, model|
|Known for||Original MTV video jockey, radio and TV personality|
Early life and career
Blackwood was born Nina Kinckiner in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her father was in government service, and also taught Sunday school; he was never a minister, as has sometimes been reported. She grew up on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Rocky River High School, graduating in 1970. In high school she sang and played keyboards in her high school sweetheart's band, and covered the song "Venus".
Prior to entering broadcasting, Blackwood appeared nude in the August 1978 Playboy pictorial, "The Girls in the Office," as a brunette.
She moved to California, and studied acting at the Strasberg Institute. Blackwood has acted in a number of TV show and films, making appearances in the movies Vice Squad (1982), Reckless Kelly (1993), and I Crave Rock & Roll (1996).
MTV and other television appearances
She was chosen for MTV's original video jockey lineup, along with Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and J. J. Jackson, when the network began airing in 1981. After leaving the network in 1986, she hosted her own "Rock Report" for Entertainment Tonight. She also hosted the TV music show Solid Gold from 1986 to 1988. Blackwood has appeared on A Current Affair, Access Hollywood, VH1, The Discovery Channel, and MSNBC.
In 1999, Blackwood and longtime manager/producer Danny Sheridan launched a nationally syndicated radio show for United Stations Radio Network called Nina Blackwood's Absolutely 80's. The two followed up with another nationally syndicated program, the 80's alternative-themed Nina Blackwood's New Wave Nation (which, as of 2014, is no longer being produced). Blackwood currently hosts a weekday show on Sirius XM Radio The 80s on 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern. On weekends she co-hosts the Sirius XM Radio show The Big '80s Top 40 Countdown with other original MTV VJ's.
In popular culture
- Seattle Radio interview with Nina Blackwood, August 1, 2011
- Petkovic, John (July 30, 2011) "At 30, MTV looks nothing like the video channel that roared" The Plain Dealer
- Nina Blackwood SiriusXM radio show, November 7, 2011 radio show
- "Rock 'n Roll and the Cleveland Connection". Deanna R. Adams. 2002. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- Nina Blackwood at the Internet Movie Database
- "Nina Blackwood's Absolutely 80's". United Stations Radio Networks. 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
- "Nina Blackwood's New Wave Nation". United Stations Radio Networks. 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
- Spears, Steve (June 17, 2013). "Nina Blackwood dishes on fellow VJs, John Waite and current state of MTV: 'I think it sucks!'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 29, 2013.