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The RockIt Scientist
on 1485 Radio Today


1485 Radio Today
Also on DStv
Audio Channel 70

The RockIt Scientist is a very diverse music programme that features Progressive/ Hard/ Classic Rock, Blues, Brass Rock, Latin/ African Rock, Jazz and Metal music.

As "non-commercial/ non-Top 40" music ranging from the mid sixties to the present day is featured, the intention is to cater for the more discerning music listener, with no age limits or restrictions imposed or implied. An open mind and a love of music is mandatory!

The programme, which is broadcast on 1485am Radio Today, every Friday evening between 10pm and 1am, is presented by Leon Economides, who has worked with radio greats such as Tony Sanderson (Chuckle and Chat Show on Radio 5), Chris Prior (The Priority Feature on Radio 5), Phil Wright (The Dinosaur Days on 5fm), and Rafe Lavine (Rock Classics and The Great Unknowns on Radio 5, and the original RockIt Scientists on SAfm).

Radio Today is also available nationwide on the DStv Audio Channel 70.


Emil Wessels' Top 30 albums

I'm a professional photographer. I worked for the press as well as for the SABC for 15 years. I've been working on my own since 1997. I work in the entertainment industry, as well as on stills on movie sets. I shoot publicity pics for many of the radio stations. I did the pics for 5fm for most of my time spent at the SABC. I've shot tons of music concerts, such as The Stones, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, etc, hence my love for music.I love the Blackmore-era of Deep Purple.

Most of my top 30 albums are guitar-driven.The likes of Hendrix, Page, Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan are always in the car's CD shuttle. Burning compilations via I Tunes just opens so many choices while you drive!

Guys like Chris, Rafe, Phil and Mr. Economides exposed me to a brand of music not usually available on the broad cross-section of radio, and for this, I thank you.

  • 01. The Beatles - Abbey Road
  • 02. Deep Purple - In Rock
  • 03. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn't Stand The Weather
  • 04. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
  • 05. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  • 06. Golden Earring - Eight Miles High
  • 07. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmos Factory
  • 08. Jefferson Airplane - 30 Seconds Over Winterland
  • 09. Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
  • 10. Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won
  • 11. Robin Trower - 20th Century Blues
  • 12. Uriah Heep - Very 'eavy, Very 'umble
  • 13. Jethro Tull - Aqualung
  • 14. Cream - Disraeli Gears
  • 15. Wishbone Ash - Argus
  • 16. Babe Ruth - First Base
  • 17. Captain Beyond - Sufficiently Breathless
  • 18. Pavlov's Dog - Pampered Menial
  • 19. Beggars Opera - Pathfinder
  • 20. Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour '74
  • 21. Budgie - Never Turn Your Back On a Friend
  • 22. Manfred Mann's Earthband - Nightingales And Bombers
  • 23. Santana - Abraxas
  • 24. Gravy Train - Gravy Train
  • 25. Renaissance - Ashes Are Burning
  • 26. Bob Dylan - Desire
  • 27. Pentangle - Basket Of Light
  • 28. John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky
  • 29. ZZ Top - One Foot In The Blues
  • 30. Alvin Lee - Pure Blues

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