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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 The Young Ones!

THIS WEEK IN 1982… The first edition of anarchic sitcom The Young Ones starring Rik Mayall was transmitted on BBC2. read more

GR80’s October DOUBLES!

On the last show of the month I play ‘doubles’ – that’s two songs from each 80’s artist back-to-back And read more

GR80’s at the Movies!

This week I played tracks that featured in 80’s films. I also had a special Bond moment! The first Bond read more

GR80’s 16 October 2019

PLAYLIST Gwen Guthrie – Aint Nuthin Going On But The Rent Quaterflash – Harden My Heart Billy Idol – Mony read more

GR80’s This week in 1982 – The Rise & Fall…

News This Week 1982 – The fourth studio album by Madness, The Rise & Fall, was released. This album saw read more

GR80’s Autumnal show, sort of..

This week I attempted to play Autumnal songs. Tunes that make you want to reach for the hot chocolate and read more

Here Come the Girls – 10

Xanthe Bearman presented this 2 hour show full of female lead songs from the 60’s to now! PLAYLIST Irene Cara read more


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

GR80’s Weds 18th Sept

THIS WEEK IN 1982 The Who begin their only formally announced “farewell” tour in Washington, D.C with the Clash as read more

GR80’s Rip It Up & start again….

PLAYLIST Orange Juice – Rip It Up Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute Elton John – Wrap Her Up read more

GR80s Xanthe’s Birthday week!

Yes, I’m having a birthday WEEK!! So if it’s your birthday this week, then lets celebrate together with HAPPY BIRTHDAY read more


On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each 80’s artist back-to-back. PLAYLIST Eddy read more

GR80’s August – listen again

Another chance to hear this weeks GR80’s show! PLAYLIST B-52’s – Love Shack Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World read more

GR80s – remember the TV whodunit “Murder in Space”?

NEWS THIS WEEK 1985 ITV aired the US intergalactic whodunit Murder in Space. The film was shown without the ending, read more

GR80’s debut solo album by Gloria Estefan celebrated its first week at #1

NEWS THIS WEEK Cuts Both Ways – the debut solo album by Gloria Estefan celebrated its first week at #1,  read more

A level results – teacher & student interviews with Xanthe Bearman

A level results day is Thursday, 15 August 2019. I recently met up with senior school teacher Paul Faithfull and read more

GR80’s July Doubles

On the last show of the month I play ‘doubles’ – that’s two songs from each 80’s artist back to read more

Songs with similar titles…. Listen again.

Looking through my 80’s tracks I thought that I had lots of songs with the same title. Like WHY – read more

Remembering Live Aid 1985

Don’t be ridiculous – Live Aid was 34 years ago you say?? Surely not [counts on fingers] OH GOOD GRIEF! read more

1987 – Kylie’s recording career begins with the The Loco-Motion

NEWS THIS WEEK in.. 1987 – Kylie Minogue’s recording career begins with the release of her cover version of the read more

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