Sunday 22 Dec 2013
BBC Radio 5 Live will pack its bags and broadcast from Liverpool in the run up to the showpiece racing event of the year, the Grand National on 10 April, starting on Thursday 8 April with Richard Bacon's show (at 2pm).
The station will showcase many of its key programmes in front of live audiences in the City and will be the place to get the build up atmosphere and key interviews around the National.
You can be part of the audience at the broadcasts over the two days. Free tickets are available at bbc.co.uk/5live. And the station will launch a search to find Liverpool's next budding Alan Green or John Motson, as would-be commentators get the chance to be trained in the craft by Radio 5 Live's football commentary team at the station's broadcast base at John Moores University from 10am on Friday 9 April.
As well as full commentary of the big race itself the station will also broadcast most of its core programmes based at the Art and Design Academy Liverpool John Moores University in Duckinfield Street next to the City's Metropolitan Cathedral.
Radio 5 live Commissioning Editor Jonathan Wall said: "The Grand National is always a really special moment for BBC Sport and this year we've brought large parts of Radio 5 Live to Liverpool to really experience the magic of the occasion. We'll also be keeping a close eye on any talented commentators we can unearth at John Moores."
Programmes will feature key broadcasts from Richard Bacon, Colin Murray and Mark Pougatch offering listeners the chance to see the station in action at close hand. You can also try your hand at football commentary or be the star of the 5 Live website, taking home your own poster as well as activities for children over the two days.
There is also an opportunity to meet the BBC's Racing team, including Clare Balding, Cornelius Lysaght, Luke Harvey and John Hunt on Thursday 8 April.
You can find information on tickets for the shows at bbc.co.uk/5live
2-4pm: Richard Bacon show live from Aintree. Richard presents his usual mix of news sport and entertainment with a special Grand National themed show with key guests. Aintree race Course.
8-9pm: Meet the BBC racing team night, with guests including Cornelius Lysaght, Clare Balding Luke Harvey and John Hunt. Art and Design Academy Liverpool John Moores University.
10am-6.45pm: Radio 5 Live commentators Mike Sewell and Conor McNamara share their skills as listeners have a chance to have a go at football commentary, and children can be the star of the 5 Live website. Art and Design Academy Liverpool John Moores University.
1-2pm: Mark Pougatch examines what the future could hold for Liverpool FC and Everton off the pitch. Is fan ownership the way forward for Liverpool or is it just a fantasy? How will Everton compete with the bigger money clubs of the Premier League over the next decade? And what of the potential groundshare between the two clubs? Could it ever work? With guests including Peter Hooton (lead singer of The Farm, and on the committee of Spirit of Shankly, one group looking to bring Liverpool under fan ownership) and Tom Cannon, a football finance expert from the University of Liverpool. Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University.
7-10pm: Kicking Off With Colin Murray. Colin Murray introduces the preview show looking at the latest news and views from the Grand National featuring many of the top jockeys in and around the race including Tony Mccoy and special guests. Plus the football preview with regulars Pat Nevin and Perry Groves. Art and Design Academy Liverpool John Moores University.
Try your hand at commentary from 10am - 1pm Liverpool John Moore's University Arts and Design Academy.
11-12noon: Fighting Talk with Colin Murray. With guests John Rawling, Steve Bunce, Bob Mills and Alan Kennedy. Liverpool John Moores University Art and Design Academy.
12noon- 7.20pm: 5 Live sport at the Grand National with Mark Pougatch Aintree Race Course.