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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 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

The GR80’s question – Listen again

I fancied a themed show this week! So here it is, all 80’s songs with QUESTIONS in the title! Listen read more

GR80’s – first show of 2019

Here we go! Crashing into 2019, but still LOVING the 80’s music! THIS WEEK Mike Peters – Lead singer of read more

GR80’s Christmas 2018 – Listen Again

It’s the last show of the month so that means DOUBLES! But, it’s Christmas, so I played one festive tune read more

Here Come The Girls Christmas Special 2018

Xanthe Bearman presents a Christmas Special of her “Here Come the Girls” show! LISTEN AGAIN HERE: PLAYLIST Ella Fitzgerald – read more

A Slightly Unusual Christmas with Xanthe Bearman

Xanthe Bearman plays songs you may never have heard before. Unusual Christmas covers by well known artists, or just Christmas read more

GR80’s including INTERVIEW with Modern Romance’s Andy Kyriacou

Had a lovely chat with Andy Kyriacou from 80’s band Modern Romance. As the bands longest serving member he told read more

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

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