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 23rd September

Birthdays this week include: 1945 Bryan Ferry – Singer and songwriter. 1950 Bill Murray – Actor, 80’s films include Caddyshack, read more



GR80s Sept 16th

PLAYLIST Nik Kershaw – Don Quixote Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately Wham! – Edge of read more



GR80’s 9th September Listen again…

Listen again to todays show here: This week in.. 1988 – The first alternative chart, called Modern Rock Tracks, appeared read more



Here Come The Girls 29 – Listen Again

Listen again to Xanthe’s show from 3rd September, ‘Here Come the Girls’ here: PLAYLIST Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin’ read more



GR80’s 2nd September – Listen Again

Listen again to todays show here: PLAYLIST Billy Idol – Mony Mony Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life Spandau Ballet read more



GR80’s AUGUST Doubles – Listen again

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



GR80’s 19 August 2021

NEWS THIS WEEK IN.. 1983 The Rolling Stones sign a new $28 million contract with CBS Records, the largest recording read more



GR80s 12 August 2021

Birthday this week include: Steve Martin, 14th August 1945 Madonna, 16 August 1958 PLAYLIST Amazulu – Too Good to be read more



GR80’s 5th August

NEWS THIS WEEK IN… 1981 – the success of Dutch novelty pop act ‘Stars On 45’ leads to a short-lived read more



GR80’s JULY DOUBLES – Listen again

Listen again to the July doubles show here: PLAYLIST Kool and the Gang – Fresh, Get Down On It The read more



GR80s 22 July

NEWS THIS WEEK IN … 1988 – Now That’s What I Call Music 12 was released on vinyl, audio cassette read more



GR80s 15 July – Listen again

Listen again to this weeks GR80’s show here: PLAYLIST Style Council – You’re The Best Thing Fine Young Cannibals – read more



GR80s 8th July

Famous Birthdays this week include Jim Kerr from Simple Minds, Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys and Richie Sambora read more



GR80s 1st July 2021

NEWS THIS WEEK IN… 1983 – Synchronicity – the fifth and final studio album by the Police was #1 in read more



Here Come the Girls (26 June) – Listen again!

Xanthe Bearman presents two hours of female lead tracks from 1965 to 2021 Listen again here: PLAYLIST Lisa Stansfield – read more



GR80’s JUNE DOUBLES – Listen again

It’s the last show of the month (already??!!) so I’m playing doubles. Two songs from 80’s artists back to back. read more



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

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