In true Imus style, he used a 1985 segment of his VH-1 show to jokingly call smooth-jazz icon Sade Adu a "grape" for her oval-shaped head.Typical of VH1's very early programming was New Visions, a series which featured videos and in-studio performances by smooth jazz and classical and new-age bands and performers, including Spyro Gyra, Andy Narell, Mark Isham, Philip Glass, and Yanni.It was used on VH1 Classic (UK & Ireland) in 1999 to 2010 and VH1 Classic USA in 2000 to 2007 and is still used on VH1 Classic Europe in 2004 to present.They began airing "History of Music Videos A to Z" during the July 4 weekend from 1994 to 1998 where they would show a large percentage of their library of music videos, which would include mini-marathons of videos by artists with a large number of videos.As an added touch to make the network more like a televised radio station, the early years of the network featured jingles in their bumpers produced by JAM Creative Productions in Dallas, who had previously made jingles for radio stations worldwide.The format left room for occasional ad-libs by the VJ, a godsend for emcees such as Imus and O'Donnell.Also frequently featured in the network's early years were "videos" for Motown and other 60s oldies consisting of newsreel and concert footage.
In 1993, the name of the videos' director was included at the bottom of the credits.
A box displaying the minutes past the hour was shown below the logo during the period.
It was discontinued a week before the channel was re-branded in the Spring of 1994.
Rosie O'Donnell later joined the outlet's veejay lineup.
O'Donnell would also host a comedy show featuring various comedians each episode.