'Total Request Live'
MTV believed in democracy — specifically, by letting viewers calling in to vote for videos. In the early 1980s, the channel broadcast Friday Night Video Fights; in the late Eighties, they featured the Dial MTV countdown. But Total Request Live, the voter-driven show that aired for a decade starting in 1998, was American Bandstand for a new generation: essential after-school viewing for every kid in America, mixing up genres and making pop stars of everybody from Christina Aguilera to Blink-182. Carson Daly was the genial ringmaster of TRL, always keeping his poise in front of crowds of screaming tweens. GE