1). A historical beginning:
The MTI Countdowns was created by Producer Jack in May 2008. The first countdown that was made was the MTI Top 10 Countdown for May 30, 2008 (songs on that countdown listed below). The audio to that episode has not been found. However, the list of songs on that countdown was found in a handwritten note, which is produced as evidence for our first episode. Anyway below are the songs to that first countdown.
10. Jesse McCartney- Leavin’
9. Britney Spears- Break The Ice
8. Jordin Spraks- One Step At A Time
7. Flo Rida- Elevator
6. Maroon 5 ft. Rihanna- If I Never See Your Face Again
5. Ray J ft. Young Berg- Sexy Can I
4. New Kids On The Block- Summertime
3. Usher ft. Young Jeezy- Love in this Club
2. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake- 4 Minutes
1. Mariah Carey- Bye Bye
The first episode was re-recorded by Producer Jack again in July 2014 and you can listen to it here: http://hipcast.com/podcast/HghCXH9k
Our first episode that we have an original copy of would be the MTI Top 10 for July 4, 2008 and you can click here to listen it: http://hipcast.com/podcast/HFJnqhps
Before the MTI Countdowns, we were known as Maytable Inc (and MTI does stand for Maytable Inc) and Producer Jack did some various stuff with that brand. From mid 2002 to about mid/late 2006, Producer Jack wrote books with the brand “Maytable Inc” and from end of 2006 to about mid 2008, Producer Jack and some of his pals (including our current host, Zilin) made YouTube videos under the name “Maytable Inc”. After the YouTube videos (and roughly around mid-2008), the MTI Countdowns were started and continue still today (as already mentioned above). Around late 2007, Maytable Inc changed into MTI, hence the podcast being named the MTI Countdowns. The first picture below was a journal entry written by Producer Jack back in May of 2004 and how Maytable Inc was a book company.
2). Whose hosting?
Just about every year, there are different hosts and hostress that enter into our podcast. From Producer Jack hosting the very first countdowns to our current staff members, we have had over 20 different hosts that have filled our podcasting shows with a giant variety of commentary!
3). History of our logo’s:
May 30, 2008:
First records of the MTI Countdown/Podcast/Top 10, hosted by Producer Jack. Podcasts were hosted on MyPodcast.com.
July 4, 2008:
First audio records we have for the MTI Countdowns/Podcast/Top 10.
July 17, 2008:
Our first guest host, Zilin (back then known as Petry) makes it on a MTI Top 10 Countdown episode.
August 12, 2008:
First flashback song category on the MTI Countdowns.
August 20, 2008:
Our second guest host, Ben takes over an episode of the MTI Top 10 Countdown.
October 1, 2008:
First MTI Top 20 Countdown is released. Artist of the Month and New Canadian Music is introduced.
First MTI Top 25 Countdown is introduced. Sure Shots are changed to Hot Extras.
Our third guest host, Allen guest hosts a MTI Top 25 Countdown.
Cool Canadian replaces New Canadian Music.
Experimented with radio stations like 101.3 KDWB (Twin Cities, MN) and Mix 107.9 (Salt Lake City, UT), through using their slogans and jingles on the MTI Top 25 Countdowns. Last few episodes released on MyPodcast.com before moving over to Podomatic.
October 30, 2010:
Andy and Sandra hosts their first MTI Countdown (MTI Top 25 for Fall 2010). This also starts our partnership with Podomatic.
Andy does his last MTI Countdown and decides to take a 2 year hiatus from the show (before coming back full time in January 2013), excluding a cameo (more like a guest host) he made in the summer of 2012 for the first MTI Top 50 episode.
Andy officially announces his departure from MTI Countdowns and Alisha begins her first MTI Countdown episode which was the September 2011 MTI Top 10 Countdown.
MTI Top 10 Countdowns are done weekly, with a new episode every Saturday, hosted by Sandra. This starts our tradition that we have currently, towards releasing episodes on Saturday’s.
Alisha goes onto a small hiatus break for about 6 months and Lara is introduced onto the podcast. Keith, who was originally part of Producer Jack’s YouTube videos team, makes a debut on the MTI Countdowns, co-hosting with Lara and Sandra.
Michael makes his debut on the MTI Countdowns and Keith departs from the podcast.
End of June- Mid of July, 2012:
The first MTI Top 50 is made containing many of the past hosts like Andy, Allen and Alisha. Lara announces her short one month hiatus break from the podcast.
Zoe and Michael joins Sandra on the MTI Countdowns, following the MTI Top 50 Countdown. Zoe’s first official appearance was on the MTI Top 25 Countdown for Summer 2012. Michael’s first official appearance was on the MTI Top 50 Countdown. The MTI Top 25 Countdowns are changed to make sure a new countdown is made each month.
Lara comes back from her short hiatus break and debuts her new show called the MTI Top 3 Countdown.
Lara takes another short one month hiatus break to prep for university. Zoe takes over the MTI Top 3 for the month of September. The MTI Top 3 countdown also goes onto hiatus mode after September 2012 due to our studies at school. Manjima (Jima), one of Sandra’s best friends, joins the MTI Countdowns, starting with the MTI Top 10 for the fourth week of September 2012. However, she originally was taken in to only MTI Top 25 with Sandra, Michael and Zoe, though that changed in 2013 (she started hosting other MTI Countdowns and eventually ended up on our sister show, Japan Top 10 in 2014).
The MTI Countdowns finally becomes available on the iTunes Store (well goes back to the iTunes store, back in the day, our podcast in 2008 was approved in the iTunes store, but after we stopped our relationship with mypodcast.com, it got taken off, and we weren’t able to get it back on because of Apple originally rejecting our new request to go back to the iTunes store, complicated eh?).
Alisha is back on the MTI Countdowns with her new show called the MTI Top 5 CountUP. Angela joins the MTI Countdowns and was given the role to share positions with Michael on the MTI Top 10 Countdowns.
Ruth, Sigma and Andy (who comes back in 2013) starts their positions on the podcast. Zoe makes a temporary departure from the show. Michael officially parted ways from the podcast. Angela and Manjima become full time hosts (with Angela focused on the top 10 countdowns while Jima focused on half of the top 10 countdowns and still concentrating her work on the top 25). The MTI Top 25 Countdowns begins to have bi-monthly specials, due to the ending of the Top 10 Specials in March, 2013. 80’s music is also added onto each countdown.
Website has been changed for the first time in almost 3 years. Main URL is also changed from mticountdown.com to mymti.org. MTI Countdowns also begins to have an alternative/indie rock lean on the regular shows (not special or on the top 3/5). DJs on the MTI Countdowns also start blogging on the new website.
New show called the Japan Top 10 is first released and hosted by Sandra. MTI Top 10 Specials stop and become replaced by the MTI Top 5 CountUPs or MTI Top 3 Countdown. Also starts the 2 month run of the MY MTI Top 3 Countdown, where each of the hosts showcase their top 3 favorite songs of all time. The unpredictable countdowns are first released.
Producer Jack note: For more information about changes before and after March 2013, check out http://www.mymti.org/category/importantmtiupdates/