It seems like an eternity ago when MTV's programming shifted from videos to them taking a stab at series television. Even when they did it, they still stayed true to their pop culture roots with one of the first efforts being a game show themed around that. Now the host of that first game show is gone.
I have to be honest and say that I can count on one hand how many episodes of "Remote Control" I watched. Quite frankly, I never could understand what the fuss was about. I tried to get into it because it was the latest buzz in school but just couldn't do it. It wasn't the only MTV fad that held that distinction with me. I never understood the whole "Beavis and Butthead" craze either.
What it probably was was even back then I was a little bitter about the fact that the airtime for videos was being depleted. I was used to turning on MTV to catch the latest from my favorite artist and would see this corny game show instead. I never would have guessed then that "Remote Control" would be the beginning of the end for videos on that network.
Not that any of this was Ober's fault. He was just doing what he was hired to do which was to be mildly entertaining on this new show in hopes that it would catch on and diversify MTV's portfolio. It apparently worked at least to an extent even if Ober didn't get to fully reap the benefits. As the host, you would have thought his career would have taken off. Instead, it was two then-unknowns who were able to capitalize: Colin Quinn and Adam Sandler.
Even though I was never enamored by "Remote Control" as much as some of my other Gen X'ers were, Ober is still a part of our 80s history for being a part of that show. I will always acknowledge anyone that contributed to the pop culture of that era. Rest in peace, Ken.