Growing up I was always looking for any kind of new music, video, or movie and one particular late show always delivered. Night Flight was (as Wikipedia puts it..)
...a variety show on the USA Network from 1981-1988 and ran for four hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. An eclectic mix of short films, cartoons, B movies, stand up comedy, documentaries, music videos and more.
I was exposed to a ton of new artists, comedians, and experimental media at a young age. This was a very good thing since I lived in a small town that didn’t get much traffic through it. I remember discovering Lenny Bruce, The Grateful Dead, Devo, Kentucky Fried Movie, The Clash, DynaMan (later to be called Power Rangers), Night of the Living Dead, BB King, and many more music videos for the first time.
Of course, it helped to ruin my already damaged sleep clock as it came on from 11pm-3 am and then repeated the whole four hours over again. Sometimes the movies wouldn’t be quite so good, so I would watch NBC’s Friday Night Videos and TBS’ Night Tracks which played music videos until 5 am.... further damaging my internal sleep clock. Hopefully Night Flight will be boxed and sold in some sort of package so we can have a piece of this really unique show.
Night Flight bumpers
An early intro that was pre-Pat Prescott
...of course there was Night Tracks (this clip has commercials too)
...and NBC's Friday Night Videos