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 17th June – Listen Again

Listen again to today’s show here: Alison Moyet celebrates her birthday this week. She said that being made an MBE read more

GR80’s Thursday 10th June

NEWS THIS WEEK IN 1985 – Jennifer Rush entered the top 75 in June with the power ballad “The Power read more

GR80s 3 June – Listen Again

Listen again here: PLAYLIST Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire Simple Minds – Sanctify Yourself Elton John – read more

GR80s May 2021 DOUBLES

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

GR80s 20th May 2021

PLAYLIST Mel & Kim – Showing Out T’Pau – Heart and Soul Liquid Gold – Substitute Jermaine Stewart – We read more

GR80’s 13th May – Listen Again

Listen again here: PLAYLIST The Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl Duran Duran – Rio Bryan Adams – One Night Love read more

GR80s 6 May 2021

News this week in 1984 Lionel Richie’s hit “Hello” becomes Motown’s first ever UK million-selling single. Remember the video in read more

GR80’s April Doubles – Listen Again

It’s already the last show of the month, so I played DOUBLES – two songs from each artist back to read more

GR80s 15th April

This Week in.. 1985 – Madonna begins her very first tour, The Virgin Tour (named after her Like a Virgin read more

GR80s 8th April – listen again

Listen again to today’s show here:       PLAYLIST Sheila E – The Belle of St Mark Tears For read more

GR80’s 1st April 2021

This week in 1980 – 1st April! There have been some very famous April Fools pranks. In 1980, the BBC read more


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

GR80’s 18 March

PLAYLIST The Style Council – You’re The Best Thing Wham! – Everything She Wants A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines read more

GR80’s Solo Men – Listen Again

Listen again to this week’s show here: This week was the turn of the 80’s solo men PLAYLIST Lionel Richie read more

GR80’s Solo Women – listen again

This week I played 80’s tunes from Solo Women – next week is the turn of the solo men!! Listen read more

GR80’s for Valentines – Listen again

Listen again to the Loved Up GR80’s here: PLAYLIST Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day The Eurythmics – read more

GR80s 4th February

Rick Astley turned 55 this week! PLAYLIST The Average White Band – Lets Go Round Again Darryl Hall & John read more

GR80’s January doubles

On the last show of the month I play doubles!  Two songs from each artist back-to-back. PLAYLIST Roxette – The read more

GR80’s in the rain!

Lots of rainy songs today! Celebrating their birthdays this week are Billy Ocean who turns 71, and Wham!’s Andrew Ridgeley read more

GR80’s 14th Jan – Listen again

Listen again to this weeks GR80’s show: Birthday this week include Tom Bailey (Thomson Twins) and Paul Young who both read more

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