Although the Russell Davies Song Show could be seen as a 'niche' programme, I know it has a very loyal and devoted fan-base, both here in the UK and abroad. It is one of very few national radio programmes which features popular songs of the highest quality written with care for rhyme, style and sophistication of content in what might be called the Golden Age of Song, approximately 1910-1970, and primarily in USA. It is sometimes called the Great American Songbook and individual songs are often referred to as standards. Russell Davies is extemely knowledgeable and his programmes are consistently entertaining, informative and often amusing. He is erudite and his show stands out amongst what is becoming an increasingly anodyne and bland radio station. I can see no good reason for his show to be discontinued and ask the 'powers-that-be at Radio 2 to reconsider their short-sighted decision to drop it from their schedules.