5 live's Olympics: bringing you the greatest radio you've ever heard
In just ten weeks, it will be the start of an Olympics and Paralympic Games on home soil - for many of us for the first and probably only time in our lives. As you would expect, the BBC will be undertaking its biggest ever broadcast operation to mark the occasion. Radio has always been able to reflect huge Olympic moments in a legacy stretching right back to Berlin in 1936 and I am proud that 5 live will be adding to that legacy this year.
Our aim is to bring you radio coverage of sport as you've never heard it before. On BBC Radio 5 live you will be able to hear the whole 2012 story unfold across both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We will cover London 2012 with a new schedule, a brand new digital station and a record 580 broadcast hours across the event.
Radio 5 live will be our flagship, carrying the very best commentary plus all the latest news, analysis and colour from the Games. 5 live Olympics Extra, a brand new station running throughout the Olympic Games will provide extra choice of extended commentary during the day and overnight will broadcast the key moments from the two networks. It will be available on DAB and online, and will give listeners the chance to access the excitement and drama of the Games 24 hours a day.
There'll be a special programme schedule but featuring familiar 5 live voices such as Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden (Breakfast), Victoria Derbyshire and Mark Chapman (10am-2pm), Peter Allen and Colin Murray (2pm-6.30pm) and Mark Pougatch (evenings) broadcasting live from the Olympic Park each day. Each day after the events finish Tony Livesey will continue the coverage with reaction and discussion from all over the UK. Ian Payne and Anna Foster will host the action on 5 live Olympics Extra.
Great sporting moments deserve great radio commentary and I believe we have put together a team who can deliver moments of triumph and drama which you will always remember. From Mike Costello at the athletics to Alan Green at the rowing, from Simon Brotherton covering cycling to Bob Ballard at the swimming and Alison Mitchell at the Gymnastics, we're aiming to capture live all of the biggest moments. Our regular football and tennis teams will be following those tournaments while Jonathan Agnew will be in the familiar surroundings of Lord's but this time covering archery and Darren Fletcher will be alongside the boxing ring. John Murray will describe the opening and closing ceremonies.
Alongside the commentators, I think our team of experts and summarisers is second to none. It includes Olympic greats like James Cracknell (rowing), Darren Campbell, (4x 100m relay), Pippa Wilson (sailing), Steve Backley, (javelin), Katharine Merry (400m), and the irrepressible Kriss Akabusi (4 x400m relay).
It's a huge task operationally and technically to cover every significant event across the many venues but years of planning mean we're confident of meeting all of the challenges. We'll use the flexibility of radio to switch from location to location and create a complete picture of everything that's going on.
Whether it's Gold for Team GB, issues around transport or security or the relevance of it all to the rest of the UK, 5 live will give you the whole story and a chance to share your experiences and views of the Games wherever you are.
Ahead of the Games themselves, listen out for what Colin Murray describes as 'by far the biggest project of his career' as he embarks on his Gold Run from May 20. Colin will attempt to track down and speak to every one of Britain's 114 living Olympic gold medal winners, hearing their stories and reliving their moment of glory. Colin's mission will finish on Sunday July 15 with a special two hour programme.
I'm also proud that Radio 5 live will lead the BBC's coverage of the Paralympic Games starting on August 29, across 5 live and 5 live sports extra. The pre-eminent Paralympian of her age Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson leads 5 live's commentary team, alongside former swimmer Marc Woods, winner of 4 Paralympic Golds.
Every weekday of the Paralympics, John Inverdale, and Shelagh Fogarty will present from the Olympic Park between 12 and 2pm. Olympic medallist Steve Parry and former 400m runner Allison Curbishley also join the team.
We'll be broadcasting a special documentary mapping the progress of some Paralympic hopefuls in the run up to the Paras on July 1 on 5 live. Russell Fuller will speak to several competitors, including Stef Reid telling how she became involved in elite Paralympic sport and her hopes and aspirations for London 2012.
As we count down the days, we are still putting the finishing touches to our plans. I have only been able to give the headlines here so keep listening to hear much more. The Olympics are often described as the greatest show on radio - we want to use the opportunity to bring you some of the greatest radio you've ever heard.
Adrian Van-Klaveren is controller of BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live Sports Extra and 5 live Olympics Extra.