There was also a short-lived hour-long program called By Request in which viewers could call a 1–900 hotline number to request their videos.
Also in 1991, a popular morning program was introduced called Hits News & Weather that ran from 7 AM to 9 AM ET.
From the start, Video Hits One was branded as an urban version of its sister/parent channel.
The channel was first launched on January 1, 1985 in the old space of Turner Broadcasting System's short-lived Cable Music Channel.
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.
(It later expanded to 10 AM ET.) It consisted of music videos both past and present along with a 90-second update of the day's news & weather provided by All News Channel.
The updates were typically shown twice an hour during the program.