MTV’s Pioneering Game Show Host Dead

Nov 17, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The comedian who put MTV in the game show business back in 1987 died over the weekend, the New York Times reports.

Ken Ober, the sarcastic, obsessive host of the network’s “Remote Control,” passed away of unknown causes in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 52.

“Remote Control,” which broke the network out of purely musical content, was notable for its fake basement set where contestants were quizzed on television, music video and pop culture trivia.

–Elizabeth Jensen

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  1. There was a time, when MTV was still Music Television, where everyone, and I mean everyone in a certain age group watched Remote Control.
    Truly a great show, and it was a sign of MTV’s slide into the state they are today when they got rid of it.
    Ken, we’ll miss you.

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