When Lisa Kennedy Montgomery was 18 years old, her parents gave her an ultimatum: Either stay home and pay rent or they would pay her to move out. So Montgomery did the respectable thing and left her home in Oregon, moved to Los Angeles, interned at KROQ (L.A.’s famed alt-rock radio station), became known strictly as Kennedy, and, a year later, landed a spot as a VJ on MTV. For five rambunctious years in the ’90s, Kennedy was a Gen-X darling, hosting Alternative Nation and providing the music network with countless ballsy and salacious on-air moments (like when she gave the mic a blow job while standing next to then-mayor Rudy Giuliani). However, most of the wildest antics occurred off the air, and they’re humorously detailed in her memoir, The Kennedy Chronicles. Today, she dishes with Rob Tannenbaum (I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution).
Wed., Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 7, 2013