Record: Hal, How did Toonerville Trolley get its name?
Hal: The Toonerville part comes form an old Sunday comic strip. I used to sell records out of a big yellow van that looked like a trolley.
Record: Have you been in the music business your whole life?
Hal: No, I used to teach high school English in Manchester, VT.
Record: What do you think of the Williams music scene?
Hal: I really like it, so much goes on. They have some really great stuff. I really enjoy doing business in Williamstown. One of the great attractions here is the music. Between Williams, the Clark (art institute), and Bennington, there’s always plenty to listen to.
Record: What kind of music do you like?
Hal: My favorites are jazz and classical, but I like everything.
Record: How would you characterize your relationship with the students?
Hal: I’m not sure, but I hope it’s good. I’m in town because of the college.
Record: Do you stock much country music?
Hal: No, not too much. I love traditional country, but there isn’t too much demand for it. Album sales depend on radio exposure, so WCFM has a big influence on buying habits. There isn’t much country on WCFM.
Hal: I thinkn someone should write an informal history of rock and roll at Williams. So many great bands have played here, it’s a shame no one has catalogued them. I hear that Pink Floyd once played here.