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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 which year did George Harrison join Deep Purple on stage?

Who’da thunk it? This week back in 1984 George Harrison made a rare public appearance, joining Deep Purple on stage read more



GR80’s starting Christmas…..

It’s December so I unlocked my 80’s Christmas tunes and played a couple out on the first show of the read more



GR80’s November DOUBLES!

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



GR80’s News this week in 1980, 1981 & 1982…..

NEWS THIS WEEK 1980 – Iron Maiden play their first gig with new guitarist Adrian Smith in Uxbridge. Despite little read more



GR80’s Nov 14th

Number 1’s this week: 1980 Blondie The Tide Is High 1981 Police Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 1982 read more



November GR80’s – the TV wedding of 1988….

This week in 1988… BBC1 airs Episode 523 of Neighbours, featuring the wedding of Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell (played read more



GR80s October doubles – Listen again

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



GR80’s 24 October – Home Taping….

NEWS THIS WEEK 1981 The British Phonographic Industry takes out newspaper ads unveiling its new slogan: “Home Taping Is Killing read more



GR80’s 17th October

PLAYLIST Elton John – Wrap Her Up Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor Tears for Fears – Woman in Chains Spandau read more



GR80’s 10th October

Thanks for listening today – sorry about the croaky voice!! PLAYLIST Billy Idol – Mony Mony Duran Duran – Girls read more



GR80’s October

NEWS THIS WEEK 1982 – Madonna’s debut single, “Everybody”, is released on Sire Records. Critically, the song did not receive read more



SEPTEMBER DOUBLES on GR80’s

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



GR80’s Sept 19th

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



Gr80’s Covers – Listen Again

This week it was all about the covers! Songs from 80’s artists that had originally been hits for someone else! read more



Then and Now – listen again

Listen again to this special extra show from Xanthe Bearman! Deacon Blue are a Scottish pop rock band. The bands read more



GR80’s – remembering the Heatwave festival

News This week in 1980 The Heatwave festival near Toronto featured The B-52’s, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello and read more



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

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