After four years, a lot of free lunches with publicists and schmoozing with bands, Fuel TV's daily variety show "The Daily Habit" is getting ready to film its 1,000th episode in October.

Over the years, the show has featured everyone from Blink 182 to MGMT and Gym Class Heroes, who performed on stage well before "Cupid's Chokehold" caught fire. And in the lead up to the 1,000th show, Fuel TV has teamed up with Sony Music's Legacy Recordings to offer fans an opportunity to appear in a fan-created music video for Pearl Jam's "Porch" that will air on "The Daily Habit" the week of Aug. 17.

"This is the first time that we've done a video premiere as part of a viewer contest," says Daryl Berg, Fuel TV's director of music supervision and licensing. While offering fans the opportunity to be personally associated with a legendary band, the director also hopes the contest will help build up their online music presence.

"As much as we want to help out the independent [bands] we want to grow as a network and you can't deny the credibility of Pearl Jam," says John Katovsich, the director of music supervision and operations. "We want to do more and more stuff with bigger bands and prove that we can service their needs on a promotional level."

Katovsich and Berg shy away from featuring certain genres on the show, like dance pop, smoothed-out R&B and country, instead booking bands that appeal to the twenty-something Mountain Dew-drinking audience demographic. (The show offers a relaxed atmosphere for bands to play in, including a multi-tiered stage that also serves as a mini skate ramp.)

"As long as there's an energy and a vitality to it and it fits our belief that it's something our kids would be into [we're into it]," Berg says. "What we tell publicists all the time is pitch us everything, because you never know." Berg and Katovsich book 120 bands a year and have had over 350 different artists on stage.

"The Daily Habit" was originally a talk show with music videos, but now three bands play live to tape in the studio per week. "We invite VIPs and anybody who wants to check out the band," Berg says. "Treat us like a meet and greet."

The live music was added experimentally in March 2006, first as only an acoustic set, due to time and manpower concerns. Jason Lytle (formerly of Grandaddy) gave the first performance. In October the show took a chance with Art Brut as the first plugged-in band. "It was when Art Brut were the indie darlings," Berg says. There was a large turnout for the show, and "it was like 'This is what this could be,'" Berg says. Now bands have an option of either playing plugged-in or acoustic.

For Katovsich and Berg, the audience is always first on their minds. They frequently attend concerts and showcases at L.A. venues Spaceland and the Echo as well as sit in their back right corner seats at the Troubadour to look for new talent to feature. "We want to be a trusted source," Berg says.