“I’m so excited that ’120’ is coming back. It’s been so influential in so many people’s lives. Musicians, music fans, actors — so many people have told me the show was pivotal and life-changing for them. Even with all the destinations that people have and all the ways they can be entertained, educated and find information, I think it always gets back to the fact that they still want a trustworthy place to go.”
-Radio personality and returning “120 Minutes” host Matt Pinfield, talking about the importance of the MTV franchise that will be making its return to the airwaves later this year. “120 Minutes” was MTV’s first showcase for “alternative” videos and helped boost the careers of seminal acts like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis and Radiohead, and Pinfield was the host during one of the show’s most vital periods (1995-1999). He’ll be returning to helm the show when it comes back to the network, though to get an idea of what it will be like, you should check out “120 Seconds,” which is premiering on MTV Hive this Friday (March 17).
Pinfield told MTV News that of all of his gigs in the music industry (including stints as a radio DJ and as vice president of A&R for Columbia Records), “120 Minutes” inspired a particular passion in him. “’120’ has always been near and dear to my heart. I know people always identify me with that show. I’m proud of that. I’m blessed and honored,” he said. “I know how much the show meant to me, and it means so much to know how much it meant to other people, too. I was a fan of the show before I ever hosted it. And so many people said they missed the show.”