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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

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


Its my special DOUBLES show where I play 2 songs from each artist back to back. PLAYLIST Terence Trent D’arby read more

GR80’s 1986 – The Queen Is Dead, album by The Smiths released!

NEWS THIS WEEK 1986 The Queen Is Dead, the third studio album by The Smiths was released. The album spent read more

GR80’s British Summer themed show

I decided to do a themed show this week all about the British Summer! So lots of rain songs…… Well, read more

GR80’s 2 June – Flowers in the Dirt

NEWS THIS WEEK in… 1989 The album Flowers in the Dirt was released, the eighth studio solo album by Paul read more

Here Come the Girls – Show 9

A special show from me, Xanthe Bearman celebrating songs with a female lead! I played tracks from 1963 right through read more

GR80’s 19th May

NEWS THIS WEEK IN…. 1982 – Queen released their 10th studio album Hot Space . The album was less popular read more

GR80’s 12th May Almost Eurovision…..

Next week – Tue, 14 May 2019 – Sat, 18 May 2019 sees the 64th Eurovision Song Contest live from read more

GR80s 5th May 2019

NEW THIS WEEK IN… 1981 – Scottish vocalist Sheena Easton hits No. 1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 read more

GR80s April Doubles

Its the last show of the month, so I play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back to back! read more

Big 80’s songs on the Easter Gr80’s show

I played some BIG sing along songs on the Easter show, and also reminisced about the Easter Eggs we had read more

GR80’s April 14th

1984 was a year of several huge selling releases, including at the time the biggest selling single ever. Six singles read more

GR80’s April 7th

THIS WEEK IN…. 1986 – New Kids on the Block released their self-titled debut album, but unfortunately it didn’t do read more


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

GR80’s 17 March

SONGS PLAYED Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) Abba – The Winner Takes It All Paul McCartney read more

GR80’s 10th March

GR80’s is back on Sunday 2-4pm! PLAYLIST Men at Work – Down Under Madonna – Holiday Fine Young Cannibals – read more


It’s the last show of the month, so I play DOUBLES! Two songs from each artist back-to-back. PLAYLIST Fine Young read more

The No 1’s this week in the 80’s were….

1980 : Pretenders – Brass In Pocket 1981 : John Lennon – Imagine 1982 : Shakin’ Stevens – Oh Julie read more

GR80’s Clunk Click

This week in 1983 the wearing of seat belts became compulsory in the front of passenger cars. The advertising slogan read more

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