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The RockIt Scientist
on 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.
DEDICATIONS AND THANKS
This site and the RockIt Scientist radio show is dedicated to YOU, the listener/reader, for spending your hard earned bucks and buying and appreciating the wealth of wonderful music that's available from all over the world.
It's also dedicated to YOU, the musician, for committing your talents, passion and skills to this great music you've created for all of us to enjoy.
The following people are, in one way or another, as Cactus said, all part of this whole thing, and my grateful thanks goes out to each and every one of them:
Rafe Lavine, Phil Wright and Chris Prior. What on earth were the powers-that-be thinking when they chose to discard your professionalism, talents and passion for the music? Radio in South Africa has lost three vital and important cogs that will never be replaced. Thank you for giving me the time and space on your shows to share the music that has meant so much to me, with others.
Benjy Mudie of Fresh Music and Rock of Ages on Radio 2000. If it wasn't for your passion and interest in re-releasing albums by many of the great "forgotten" late 60's/early 70's South African bands such as Hawk, Abstract Truth, Suck, Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood and others, these gems may have been lost to us forever.
Shiloh Noone, author of "Seeker's Guide To The Rhythm of Yesteryear", an expertly researched and written history and definitive reference to the music that watered the 50's, 60's and 70's. Your passion for and knowledge of music is legendary. (Check out Shiloh's show," Blues and Variation", on Fine Music Radio 101.30fm).
Steve Kirker, Robin Clark and Barney Simon for holding the fort when Phil was jolling at Oppikoppi, and for your contributions to radio in this country!
My wife Cie and my stunning little son, Paris "Goy Goy" Economides. I've finally found someone to leave all the music to when I go to the happy hunting grounds!
My late sister, Maria Binikos. You started it all when you bought me my first two lp's, Led Zep's first album and Liquid Smoke's sole lp. You also managed to convince me that it WAS possible to dance to Ramases' "Life Child" and Greatest Show on Earth's "Borderline"!
My beloved mother Dimitra Economides, who passed away on October 9th, 2005. As a kid, I used to drive you up the wall with my music, but you always tolerated and encouraged my love for and interest in music. You were my best friend and I'm really grateful for everything you did for me. You're with dad and Maria now and I miss you all terribly.
My nephew, Aris Binikos. Your passion for and knowledge of the music is going to make you a star one day.
My music mates Luyton Driman, Rusty Hornsby, Vivian Bannatyne, Neil Zasman, Dave Kershaw, Wayne Hampton of Compact Discovery in Edenvale, Morne Zeelie of Radio Jacaranda, Tyrone Heydenrych, Charl Barry, Gerard Ziegler, Mark Hughes, Martin Green, John Crawley, Charles Storer and David Lissoos.
My long lost childhood and music friend, Ilan Ossendryver. It's great to have you and your lovely family here.
Peter Hanmer of Off The Edge. Your undying faith and belief in your music is inspirational. You are one of the guitar greats!
Howard Lazarus of Look & Listen stores. A dynamic businessman and a very special person.
Rui De Sousa of High Fidelity in The Killarney Mall.
Kathy Harrison of Creative Connexion, Rob Abendanon, Joa Calkoen, Gavin Myers, Neill Voigt, Phil Patlansky, Gina De Lira, Richard Brune, Ian Ballington and Jonny Aucamp for their support, patience and understanding.
Brian Currin, webmaster extra-ordinaire!
Jeremy Lawrence of The Star for your support of The RockIt Scientist(s)
Victor Strugo, Le Gastro Gnome!
Bojan the Compilation King (!) at Sony/BMG.
Rob and Kenny at Sheer Sound
Debbie Moore and Duncan Shelwell of Gallo Records
Sean Longley of Compact Disc Wherehouse, The Zone, Rosebank
Japie Marais, for his work on The Dinosaur Days website.
Dr. Ivan May and station manager Sanele Sobantwana at 1485am Radio Today for the opportunity and confidence.
Cavall, engineer par excellence!
John Bradley, owner of Johnny B Goode music store in Rivonia, who passed away on the morning of September 8th, 2005. You suffered greatly, but you were always accommodating, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and pleasant in spite of the lousy card life had dealt you. We will all miss you.
Lee and Grant of Alter Ego.
The many Dinosaur Days/RockIt Scientist listeners for their emails, sms's and telephone calls of support and confidence.