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Xanthe Bearman

I'm a busy mum of three teenagers! I started working as a TV presenter in 2004 and in 2006 I joined Phoenix FM as a co-presenter.

When the station went full time in March 2007, I presented the lunchtime show The Bear at Lunchtime. I really enjoyed the show but when my own business (singing and dancing with pre-school children and babies) got too busy, I had to stand down.

I was brought up in the 80s and LOVE the music of that decade so was delighted when I was asked to rejoin Phoenix FM in June 2014 to present a new weekly 80s show.

I've been lucky enough to interview Mike Stock (Stock, Aitken & Waterman), Denise Pearson (Five Star) and Andy Bell (Erasure). I really enjoy choosing the tracks I'm going to play each week, there is a memory attached to nearly every one!

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Recent posts from Xanthe

GR80’s 4th June – Listen again

Here is the 4th June show which includes news from this week in 1981 (Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue read more

Here Come The Girls 3 June

This week we went back to 1937 with Billie Holiday’s “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and I played read more

GR80’s May Doubles – Listen again

It’s the last show of May, so I’m playing DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each 80’s artist back to back. read more

Here Come The Girls 20 – Listen Again

This week we went back to The Shirelles from 1961, Maria Muldaur from 1974, Bette Midler from 1988 to Lady read more

GR80’s 21st May

THIS WEEK IN… 1986 – Peter Gabriel released his fifth studio album SO. Often considered his best and most accessible read more

Here Come The Girls 19 – Listen Again

This week I went right back to 1954 with Dinah Washington who has been cited as “the most popular black read more

GR80’s 14th May – Listen again

Listen here: PLAYLIST Lipps Inc – Funky Town Prince – Alphabet Street Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer Adam and the Ants read more

Here Come The Girls – Interview with Author Amy Kean

This week I had a chat with one of my favourite authors Amy Kean just before the launch of her read more

GR80s 7th May – THE show. Listen again!

Ah, I love a theme! This week I only played 80’s tracks from bands who started their name with ‘THE’ read more

Here Come the Girls – Georgia Interview

This week I interviewed local singer/songwriter Georgia  from Georgia and the Vintage Youth and she told me about her new single Thick read more

GR80’s April Doubles – Listen again!

It’s the last show of the month, so I’m playing DOUBLES!! Two songs from each artist back to back! You read more

Here Come The Girls 16 – Listen Again

Taking you from the 1960’s right through to 2020 with ALL female lead tracks! PLAYLIST Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out read more

GR80’s 23 April

News This Week in… 1981 – Eric Clapton is taken to the hospital suffering from bruised ribs and a lacerated read more

Here Come The Girls 15 – Listen again

All female lead songs on Here Come the Girls, right from Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares For Me” in read more

GR80’s 16th April – Listen again

The first show after Easter was sponsored by Chocolate! I opened the show with Chocolate Girl by Deacon Blue, then read more

GR80’s 9th April – Listen again

PLAYLIST Blondie – The Tide Is High Soft Cell – Tainted Love Smokey Robinson – Being With You Queen – read more

Here Come The Girls 14 – Listen Again!

Tunes from the girls ranging from 1941 – 2020! PLAYLIST Sheryl Crow – Tell Me When It’s Over (2019) Whitney read more

GR80s 2nd April

PLAYLIST The Pretenders – Talk Of The Town Spandau Ballet – Through The Barricades The Beautiful South – Song For read more

Then and Now 3 – Listen again

Ah, I do enjoy putting these ‘Then & Now’ shows together, this one takes us back to 1965 with The read more

GR80’s March DOUBLES – Listen again.

On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! Two songs from each 80’s artist back to back! PLAYLIST read more

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