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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

Here Come the Girls (Show 8)

Another celebration of women in music from the 1960’s through to 2014. Includes several songs in tribute to Aretha Franklin. read more

GR80s Mid August – Listen Again

SO many tunes on today’s show that somehow I haven’t played before on GR80’s! Listen again here: PLAYLIST Phil Collins read more

GR80’s 8 August

THIS WEEK in 1986 Lionel Richie released his 3rd studio album “Dancing on the Ceiling” in the US where it read more

August GR80’s – Listen Again

Listen again to two hours of great 80’s music here PLAYLIST Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love Depeche Mode – read more

Gr80’s July Doubles

On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! Two songs from each artist back-to-back! PLAYLIST Hue and Cry read more

Standon Calling 2018: Hollie Cook

Prior to her first ever solo set at Standon Calling, Xanthe Bearman caught up backstage with Hollie Cook

Standon Calling 2018: Gengahr

Xanthe Bearman spoke to London-based band Gengahr prior to their set on the Laundry Meadows stage.

GR80’s 18 July

Two hours of Great 80’s music! PLAYLIST Psychedelic Furs – Pretty in Pink Elton John – Wrap Her Up The read more

GR80’s 11th July

PLAYLIST Mr Mister – Broken Wings Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive Average White Band – Lets Go Round read more

4th July – American GR80’s … listen again

On the 4th July I celebrated American 80’s music! Listen again here: PLAYLIST Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster Billy Joel read more


On the last GR80’s show of the month I play DOUBLES – that’s two songs from each artist back-to-back PLAYLIST read more

GR80’s Mid June

June 1986 saw the start of The Magic Tour which was Queen’s final ever tour with their lead singer Freddie read more

GR80’s Number 1’s – Listen Again

A special show this week featuring ALL Number 1’s. You can listen again here: PLAYLIST George Michael – Monkey Pet read more

June 6th GR80’s – 29 years since BATMAN!

Can you believe that it’s 29 years since Batman was released in June 1989! It was directed by Tim Burton read more


It’s the last show of the month so I play DOUBLES – that’s two songs from each 80’s artist back read more

Here Come the Girls (7) – Listen again!

You can listen again to Xanthe Bearman’s HERE COME THE GIRLS (show 7) here: PLAYLIST Christine Aguleira – What A read more

GR80’s Mid May

Crazy that it’s almost the end of May! This week in 1980 Namco released the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man read more

GR80’s Debuts – Listen Again!

All the tunes on today’s GR80’s show are DEBUTS. Listen again here: PLAYLIST Sheena Easton – Modern Girl SOS Band read more

GR80s May

The #1’s this week in the 80’s: 1980: Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno 1981: Adam & The Ants – Stand read more

GR80’s the show with Themes

Looking at my 80’s library I realised that I could group together some of the songs and have a themed read more

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