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 – July Doubles, listen again

On the last show of the month I play doubles – two songs from each artist back to back. PLAYLIST read more

GR80s 23 July – Listen again

Listen again here: This week we celebrated the birthdays of Martin Gore from Depeche Mode, and Roger Taylor from Queen read more

GR80s 16 July 2020

THIS WEEK IN… 1982 A second Prince’s Trust charity concert is held at the Dominion Theatre in London. Performers include read more

GR80s 9th July – Listen again

THIS WEEK IN: 1985 – The Live Aid concert took place in Wembley Stadium, London & the JFK Stadium in read more

GR80’s Groups; Johnny Hates Jazz – Listen again

This week I chatted to Clark Datchler from Johnny Hates Jazz about their comeback in 2013, and how the new read more

June DOUBLES on GR80’s – Listen again

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

Here Come the Girls with author Lulu Wood – Listen again

I chatted with author Lulu Wood on the show today. She wrote four books including Perfect Ten and Material Girl, read more

GR80s 18 June 2020

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

Here Come The Girls Show 23 – Listen Again

Women in pop from Lesley Gore in 1963 to Sia and Melanie C in June 2020 PLAYLIST Cher – Gimme read more

GR80’s Summoning the Sunshine!

This week I had a theme! A SUMMER theme to try an entice the sunshine back, listen again here: PLAYLIST read more

Here Come The Girls 22 – Listen Again

This week’s show is available to hear again here: PLAYLIST Carly Simon – You’re So Vain (1972) Esther Phillips – read more

GR80’s 4th June – Listen again

Here is the 4th June show which includes news from this week in 1981 (Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue read more

Here Come The Girls 3 June

This week we went back to 1937 with Billie Holiday’s “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and I played read more

GR80’s May Doubles – Listen again

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

Here Come The Girls 20 – Listen Again

This week we went back to The Shirelles from 1961, Maria Muldaur from 1974, Bette Midler from 1988 to Lady read more

GR80’s 21st May

THIS WEEK IN… 1986 – Peter Gabriel released his fifth studio album SO. Often considered his best and most accessible read more

Here Come The Girls 19 – Listen Again

This week I went right back to 1954 with Dinah Washington who has been cited as “the most popular black read more

GR80’s 14th May – Listen again

Listen here: PLAYLIST Lipps Inc – Funky Town Prince – Alphabet Street Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer Adam and the Ants read more

Here Come The Girls – Interview with Author Amy Kean

This week I had a chat with one of my favourite authors Amy Kean just before the launch of her read more

GR80s 7th May – THE show. Listen again!

Ah, I love a theme! This week I only played 80’s tracks from bands who started their name with ‘THE’ read more

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