MTV News signs off, but Kurt Loder is forever Gen X’s Walter Cronkite

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When you grew up absolutely devouring all things MTV, you knew which programs featured regular cut-ins for MTV News and which ones didn’t. This one typically didn’t. But this day was different. It was a Friday afternoon in April 1994, yours truly was a 15-year-old who had the day off from school — spring break, maybe? — and I had “Lip Service,” MTV’s lip syncing game show, on TV. It was just before 5 p.m., and coming out of a commercial break leading into the show’s final segment, Kurt Loder came on the air with an unscheduled news break I’ll never forget, relaying the info that Kurt Cobain ha…

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