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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 16 Jan

NEWS THIS WEEK… 1980 The British record TV audience for a film was set when over 23 million viewers tuned read more



GR80’s 9 January – Listen again

THIS WEEK IN… 1985 – One of the biggest music festivals in the world begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, read more



GR80’s in 2020

The first show of the new year, and I’m playing Number 1’s from across the decade! PLAYLIST ABBA – Happy read more



Here Come The Girls Christmas 2019-2020

The last festive show of the year from Xanthe Bearman. All female lead Christmas tunes to brighten up your New read more



Xanthe Bearman’s Slightly Unusual Christmas 2019

Xanthe Bearman is playing slightly unusual Christmas songs! Songs you may never have heard before. Unusual Christmas covers by well-known read more



GR80’s AT CHRISTMAS 2019 – listen again

It’s an all out GR80’s Christmas! Festive songs from the decade and Christmas #1’s. PLAYLIST Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus read more



GR80’s Heading towards Christmas….

Its shocking how quickly this year has gone – I know we all say it every year, but can you read more



GR80s 12 December 2019 – Listen Again

Listen Again:     This week in 1980, Ian Allen’s best known puppet series for children called Button Moon started read more



Here Come The Girls 11 – Listen Again

Xanthe Bearman plays songs in this show from 1956 right up to 2019! Listen Again Here: PLAYLIST Kylie Minogue – read more



GR80’s – December Will Be Magic Again…

Just a couple of 80’s Christmas songs this week – well, it is December!! PLAYLIST Wet Wet Wet – Angel read more



GR80s November DOUBLES – listen again

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



GR80’s 20 November

PLAYLIST Wham! – Freedom Culture Club – I’ll Tumble 4 Ya Def Leppard – Love Bites Then Jerico – Big read more



GR80’s 13th November

NEWS THIS WEEK 1989:  Now That’s What I Call Music 16 was released on vinyl, audio cassette and Compact Disc read more



Then and Now! Listen again here….

  A special show from Xanthe Bearman titled Then & Now.  Xanthe picked out songs from artists who had hits as far read more



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

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