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A look back at MTV's solid gold

What do U2, Korn, the Dave Matthews Band, Van Halen, and Radiohead have in common?

Before you answer, throw Linkin Park, No Doubt, the Cure, and Nirvana into the mix.

The answer? They've all been included in MTV2's "22 Greatest Bands," a two-hour musical countdown that will premiere at noon Monday on the music network. MTV2 viewers, who voted online from about 100 choices or cast write-in votes, picked the acts.

Unlike other such countdown-type shows, the program was not designed to list the greatest bands of "all time." Such a list probably would have found such familiar contenders as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. But this poll's goal was to name the greatest bands that had their greatest string of commercial success during the MTV era, beginning circa 1981.

"These type shows are really good when you can kind of look back, but not too far back, into our own past and see how things have progressed," says Alex Coletti, executive in charge of programming and production with MTV2. The program's host is VJ Riki Rachtman, who gained fame in the late 1980s and early '90s as host of MTV's "Headbangers Ball."

The program also provides clips from the bands and comments from music journalists and national recording artists.

"We wanted different opinions," Coletti says. "It's water-cooler stuff. You want people to talk the next day and say, 'Do you believe so-and-so was number this and this one was number that?' People love that, and having a well-rounded field of people commenting on it kind of gives it some context and some depth."

Other acts on the list are Oasis, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Metallica, R.E.M., and Guns N' Roses.

Pearl Jam, which cracked the Top 10, gets accolades from both journalists and musicians. Another band that made the list, Aerosmith, was formed a decade before MTV made its debut, yet the band still assimilated itself brilliantly into the MTV era.

"A part of what makes a band is the chemistry, not only musically, but personality-wise, and video is where that really comes across," Coletti says. "And bands that get it really use that to their advantage."

Three groups on the list -- R.E.M., U2, and Gun N' Roses -- are known for their music videos and are former recipients of MTV's "Video Vanguard Award," which honors artists for lifetime achievements in the medium.

The show airs again Monday at 10 p.m., Wednesday at 10 a.m., next Friday at 8 p.m., next Saturday at noon and 5 p.m., and next Sunday at 11 p.m.

FX to take '24' around the clock

The cable network FX plans to air the entire second season of Fox's "24" on Monday in a 24-hour Labor Day marathon.

The series is unique in that the entire season is set up to take place in one day. Each episode represents one hour.

The marathon will start at midnight Sunday and end at midnight Monday.

The third season of "24" will debut Oct. 28 on Fox, in a commercial-free premiere.

SUZANNE C. RYAN

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Here's what's happening on "Around the Globe" today:

* 12:30 p.m.: "Globe at Home" -- Researcher Kathleen Hennrikus suggests books for a Labor Day getaway.

* 4 p.m.: "Around the Globe"

* 6:30 p.m.: "New England Business Day"

* 8 p.m.: "NewsNight" Schedule is subject to change.

Talk of the dial

7 a.m. WBNW-AM (1120) -- "ChickChat." Guest: Peggy Klaus, author, "Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It," on self-promotion techniques.

5 p.m. WBNW-AM (1120) -- "PM Magazine." Guests: Jim Klocke, executive vice president, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, on the regional economic and employment forecast; Ron Nash and Karl Jennings, Nash & Co.; Dr. Earl Mindell on vitamins, herbs, and diets.

7 p.m. WBZ-AM (1030) -- "David Brudnoy Show." Guest: Harold Kushner, author, "The Lord is My Shepherd."

Other radio highlights

8 a.m. WCRB-FM (102.5) -- Vivaldi's "Summer" violin concerto; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 18; Dvorak's Serenade for Strings.

Noon WGBH-FM (89.7) -- "Classics in the Morning." Elgar's Falstaff, Symphonic Study in C; Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 20 in G, No. 2; Faure's Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano.

11 p.m. WUMB-FM (91.9) -- "Women in Music." Laney Goodman presents music from female musicians of many genres.

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