Oh, so you wont talk?
They were kidding Roy Shield, director of the Climalene Carnival
orchestra. It was lunch time. Roys associates on the Carnival
were doing the kidding. He was doing the eating. And saying little,
Honest, Roy, you ought to say something to the Carnival listeners
some Thursday morning. Here you are, a successful musical director,
with years of broadcasting experience. Yet youre afraid to hear
the sound of your own voice if you think its going into the microphone.
Don Is Persistent
This was Don McNeill speaking, the same Don McNeill who speaks
to thousands of Climalene users each Thursday morning as master
of ceremonies of The Climalene Companys popular radio show.
Still Roy busied himself with his pork chops, grinning, but refusing
to accept the challenge.
But Don was persistent. Ill just dare you to say one word during
the next show. Just one word.
Then Roy shocked the entire luncheon group. All right, he said.
Next Thursday morning an intensely interested group of Carnivalites
musicians, singers and guest stars waited expectantly for
the big morning musical show to get under way at NBC studios in
Chicago. Soon it was in full swing. And presently it came time
for Don to step to the microphone and announce:
Hes Afraid No Longer
For many months we of the Carnival have been trying to get our
musical director, Roy Shield, to lay down his baton long enough
to bring a message to his friends of the radio audience.
Mr. Shield steadily refused, not because he wished to be unfriendly,
but because he suffers from microphone shyness a malady that
makes the tongue incapable of sound. But today he has resolved
to break the spell. S H I E L D S P E A K S !
Roy moved resolutely forth to a microphone, determination written
on his genial face. Hello, he said.
That was all but it was enough. It broke the spell. A week later
Roy said five or six words. Another week and he obligingly took
a small part in a humorous dialogue. Whats more, he seemed to
enjoy it. Today, whenever an extra voice is needed for the Carnival,
Roy can be counted on to help.
Hands Cant Keep Still
This extremely popular musical director, one of radios finest,
is so accustomed to directing an orchestra that he almost constantly
drums with his right hand. Friends engaged in conversation with
him are often startled to find Roy beating out a rhythmic tattoo
in time to their conversation.
When Roy Shield obligingly answered Don McNeills challenge and
spoke to Carnival listeners, the grateful master of ceremonies
expressed his thanks with this pen sketch of the musical director.
Three outstanding characteristics of the genial musician are caught
in Dons sketch his contagious smile, the baton always held
in his left hand and the nonchalant position he always assumes
before the music rack.
He smiles so constantly there are perpetual crinkles about his
eyes; its nearly as difficult for him to frown as it was for
him to speak. Yet when Roy bangs that baton on the music rack
with a peculiar motion, studio associates toe the mark as promptly
as if he had cracked a whip.
So much is the Carnival musical director in demand that his last
vacation was spent in Hollywood, where he composed more than
twenty tunes for use in motion pictures.