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 19 November

NEWS THIS WEEK IN.. 1987 Cher returns to the charts after five years of absence -time that she took to read more

GR80’s 12 November – Listen again

Listen again : NEWS THIS WEEK in.. 1983  – Duran Duran start their SING BLUE SILVER World Tour. The tour read more

GR80’s Bonfire & Fireworks special – Listen Again

This week I dedicated the first hour of GR80’s to Bonfire Night and Fireworks! Listen again here: BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK read more

GR80’s OCTOBER Doubles – Listen again

Its the last show of the month so I play ‘doubles’ – that’s two songs from each artist back to read more

GR80’s 22 October

THIS WEEK in 1985 Norwegian new wave band A-ha released their debut album “Hunting High and Low” and in 1986 read more

GR80’s 15th October – Listen Again

I opened todays show with the B52’s – Love Shack!! Listen to the show again here: Birthdays this week include read more

GR80’s 8th October – Listen Again

Listen again here:   Especially loving All About Eve – Martha’s Harbour and Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Icing on the Cake read more

GR80’s 1st October

Stars of the 80’s birthdays this week include Sting from The Police and Chris Lowe from the Pet Shop Boys PLAYLIST Living read more

GR80’s September Doubles – Listen Again

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

GR80’s Only Solo Artists

I love a theme, and this week’s theme is “Solo Artists”. Listen again here: PLAYLIST Sade – Smooth Operator Billy read more

GR80’s 10 September

PLAYLIST Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who Sting – Fortress Around Your Heart Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now Steve read more

GR80’s 3 September – Listen Again

It’s a bumper crop of birthdays this week Gloria Estefan turns 63, Martin Chambers from The Pretenders will be 69, read more

Local Entrepreneurs Launch Sanigone – Listen again

Xanthe met local brother & sister entrepreneurs who have just launched Sanigone – an easy to use TOTAL RELEASE SANITISER read more

GR80’s August Doubles – Listen again..

It’s the last show of the month which means I’m playing DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each 80’s artist back-to-back! read more

GR80’s 20 August

PLAYLIST Tanita Tikaram – Twist in My Sobriety Eurythmics – There Must Be an Angel Martika – Toy Soldiers Chaka read more

Here Come The Girls 25 – Listen Again

Listen Again here: PLAYLIST Madonna – Vogue Jennifer Warnes – Whole Of The Moon Altered Images – Don’t Talk to read more

GR80’s 13 August 2020

THIS WEEK IN 1989 The Moscow Music Peace Festival is held in the Soviet Union. The event is put together read more

GR80’s 6 August – Listen again

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

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

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