Nina Blackwood is an American disc jockey and music journalist who is well known for hosting the show The 80's on 8 which used to broadcast on Sirius Radio.
She is also famous for being the original five MTV VJs when cable was in its infancy in the early 80s. In addition to this, she was the inspiration for the 1984 song Missing You by John Waite. Besides, she has also been an actress and model.
Considered one of the main figures to introduce VJ into the mainstream, Nina collected a considerable sum & fame through her days on MTV. Since she has worked as a TV as well as radio host, and currently, works for Sirius XM Radio The 80s on 8.
Online sources suggest that Nina Blackwood has an estimated net worth of $500,000. Back in 2019, her fortune as per Celebrity Net Worth was $400,000.
Earnings and Salary
Aside from carer as a host, she occasionally worked as an actress. She has also been a part of movies like Vice Squad.
The movie made a box office collection of $13,253,583 and Reckless Kelly earned $5,444,534. So, being part of such movies, Blackwood is believed to have earned a handsome sum of money.
VJ At MTV: Post-Career
In August 1978, Nina came into the limelight after appearing stripped in a Playboy pictorial, The Girls in the Office, as a brunette. Later, made her appearances in the shows and movies like Vice Squad, Reckless Kelly, and I Crave Rock & Roll.
In 1981, Blackwood joined MTV as a video jockey alongside Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and J. J. Jackson.
She left the network in 1986 and started hosting her own show, Rock Report for Entertainment Tonight. She also hosted a syndicated music show Solid Gold from 1986 to 1988.
The reason behind leaving MTV as a VJ is still not known but it is said Blackwood felt like being stuck in MTV forever making that decision back in 1986. Many recognize her voice as raspy and it became more pronounced while aging.
Nina At Current
Later in 1999, she and her friend Danny Sheridan launched a nationally syndicated radio show titled Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80’s for United Stations Radio Network.
Currently, she is working as a host of a weekday show on Sirius XM Radio The 80's on 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. from San Diego radio station FM 94.9 on Sunday mornings.
However, the details of her career and various others are yet to be available on Wikipedia although her information is placed in different public domains.
Branched Out To Acting
As an actress, Nina made her on-screen debut in 1982 through the film Vice Squad starring Season Hubley, Gary Swanson, and Wings Hauser. Having worked in the film Ratboy (1986), she made a guest appearance in the TV series The Magical World of Disney (1988) and The New Gidget (1988).
In 1993, Blackwood was cast in the film Reckless Kelly featuring Melora Hardin, Yahoo Serious, & Alexei Sayle. Then, she worked in the films Roseanne & Tom: Behind the Scenes (1994), Number One Fan (1995), and I Crave Rock & Roll (1996). Her most recent TV appearance was in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (2017).
As per IMDB, her upcoming project Citizens is under post-production.
Is Nina Blackwood Married?
Nina, currently in her 60s is not married and keeps her personal profile low-key at the moment. But she was in a marital relationship in the past.
Sources report that the American VJ got married in 1987, however, never unveiled her ex-husband's name. After sharing four years of married life, the duo separated in 1991.
Is Nina lesbian?
In the book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave, published in 2013, Nina acknowledged Kelly Vincent, a stage actor, and wrote, "Kelly Vincent, for making my life meaningful, I love you eternally." This statement rose up as a possible fact that Nina is lesbian and is in a relationship with her girlfriend Kelly.
Meanwhile, her whereabouts of Nina are not out. Although there have been talks on the health issues of Blackwood, she is yet to confirm any.
Early Life and Education
Nina Blackwood was born Nina Kinckiner on September 12, 1955, in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. As of May 2021, Blackwood is 67 years old and has a height of 5 feet 5 inches.
She belongs to a white ethnic group and holds American nationality. Her father was in government service and also taught in Sunday school.
The Cleveland, Ohio-raised graduated from Rocky River High School at 14 years old in 1970. Later moved to California, and studied acting at the Strasberg Institute.
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by nishma, 21 Jul, 2022