MTV news anchor and VJ Kurt Loder spoke to HPU students on
topics ranging from 9/11 to his opinions on Eminem at a question
and answer forum on Oct. 10 at the Hawai‘i Loa campus.
In an effort to have an organized discussion, ASHPU members
passed out note cards and pens so students could write down
their questions. Dr. John Hart, assistant dean of Communication
who was integral in getting Loder to speak at HPU, reviewed
the questions and selected ones to ask Loder.
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Hart told the audience that Loder’s career didn’t begin with
MTV. “Kurt Loder is not famous because he’s on MTV. He’s on
MTV because he’s famous,” Hart said. Loder worked as senior
editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and wrote the biography of
Tina Turner I, Tina before being asked to join MTV.
Loder explained his jobs were gotten out of “luck,” and working
with MTV had not been a goal. Loder, an Ocean City, New Jersey
native, never graduated from college. While serving in the army
and stationed in Europe, he took a two-month-long journalism
course and worked for a European newspaper. After the army,
he moved to a heavy metal magazine called Circus, and that led
to Rolling Stone.
When asked how he obtained what is considered the coolest job
ever, Loder said, “Somebody called me up and asked me if I wanted
to be on TV, and I said yes. I knew nothing about television.
There is a lot more money in TV than print.”
Loder still occasionally contributes to Rolling Stone, and
is the longest running VJ in MTV’s history, at 14 years. When
asked what he does to secure his job at MTV, he replied, “You
can always be replaced. No one is indispensable.” He admitted
that of all the VJs he has seen