Creator of Annapolis Valley online radio station CASF ‘astounded’ by recognition of volunteers
KENTVILLE, NS — Dave Fineberg admits he views his work in online radio and news sharing a little differently now.
Fineberg is among individuals and groups recognized by the City of Kentville and Kings Hants MLA Kody Blois for volunteering this year, a fact that Fineberg said was “quite amazed.”
“I thought I was just doing something that I was having fun with,” Fineberg said.
He said he never considered his work to be in the same category as typical volunteer efforts, such as raising money for a worthy cause. However, once he thought about it, he realized that the work he does as a volunteer helps many people through a difficult time.
Fineberg developed an interest in radio and writing when he was young. He worked in the media for years in Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Alberta before moving to the Annapolis Valley about 15 years ago.
Fineberg is a former news director of AVR-Magic 94.9. After the local radio newsroom closed, he continued his work, joining The Valley Today on a volunteer basis, collecting and sharing stories of interest to Annapolis Valley residents via Facebook.
Fineberg is still involved with The Valley Today, although he hasn’t come out to cover many community events lately due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because he works a day job with TrueStyle Furniture. More in Greenwood.
He said the young people he works with on The Valley Today recognized the time and effort he put into it, and one of them, Braeden D’Eon, nominated him for the volunteer award. municipal.
Back on the radio
Fineberg said his family realized he was “a bit of a fish out of water” not working in radio, so they pitched in and bought him a high-quality computer.
In December 2018, Fineberg used it to launch an online radio station, CASF, which offers a diverse musical universe ranging from songs from the 1950s and 1960s to today’s greatest hits. Fineberg said it would be rare for a listener to hear the same song twice.
He said his wife Lorie, “affectionately known as Mrs. CASF”, has been an immeasurable source of help and support.
In the spring of 2020, when Fineberg was laid off from his job for a few months due to the pandemic, he started doing a few live shows each day. He said that’s when things started to take off. CASF currently has between 4,000 and 5,000 listeners per month.
Having recently noticed he had a listener in Antarctica, Fineberg said he now has people tuning in online literally from all over the world. He was “pleasantly surprised” by the station’s growth, especially as he operates it from his home with no budget.
The station also provides a platform for local and regional artists, dedicating an hour a day to promoting their music. Fineberg hopes to include audio interviews with Nova Scotian artists once the COVID-19 situation passes.
Fineberg named the station in memory of his father, Alexander Sigmund Fineberg, who died about 10 years ago. He said that in addition to enjoying the music, those who listen to CASF help him honor his father.
He said his dad had always loved gadgets and would have “had a hell of a kick” with Fineberg’s online radio work. He said his father also liked to bring people together.
“Being able to bring people together, at least on a virtual basis, and share music and hopefully laughter has definitely had a positive effect on my mental health and hopefully also the mental health of people who connect and enjoy it,” Fineberg said.
Important municipal recognition
Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow said it was important for municipalities to recognize the efforts of volunteers. She points out that we will often hear someone say, “I’m just a volunteer” or “I just volunteer”. Snow said there is no “right” or “only” when it comes to volunteering.
“I don’t know how to explain how important volunteers are and how much they enrich our community,” Snow said.
The mayor said she and council could recognize many more people and groups in Kentville for their contributions, but the town’s recognition program is based on community nominations.
Snow said they had groups of volunteers who didn’t want to single out one person for recognition, appreciating that everyone who gives time and effort to their cause or organization deserves it equally.
She urges residents to recognize the people they work with as volunteers next April when the city launches the call for applications. It would be nearly impossible to calculate the economic value or impact of voluntary contributions, and the more we could recognize, the better.
“We would really have an accurate picture of how many people are volunteering and doing things that we probably couldn’t afford if it weren’t for the fact that they’re not getting paid,” Snow said.
For more information on CASF, visit the station’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CASFradio. To listen to CASF radio online, visit http://radio.garden/visit/new-minas/6vnunlMG or http://cast3.citrus3.com:2199/start/casf/. To follow The Valley Today, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheValleyToday/.
Other Recognized Volunteers
Other volunteers recognized by the City of Kentville this year include the board of directors of Chrysalis House, the nominee for the city’s 2021 Provincial Volunteer Awards.
They include Sharon Cochrane, Stephanie Hutt, Catherine Nichols, Bernadette Fraser, Randy Newman, Belinda Manning, Nancy Pelley, Val Connell, Edith Riley, Andrea Watts, Heather Swetnam, Erica Johnson, Jean Rees and Brenda Wood.
The Board of Directors, Project Renew Committee and frontline staff work together to improve services for families in the community and to empower women to make their own choices to live free from violence and abuse.
Members bring valuable skills, knowledge and practical support and offer their own services for the benefit of the organization.
Gillian Yorke and Dawn Hare, co-chairs of the KCA school cafeteria committee, were recognized. Over the past two years, the KCA cafeteria has evolved into one of the few stand-alone PTA school cafeterias in Nova Scotia.
The cafeteria consistently breaks its own sales records and recently hired a second employee. This success is largely attributed to Yorke and Hare, who work the equivalent of a full-time job to make it happen.
Canadian Red Cross volunteer Jean MacDonald was also honored. She has been volunteering with the Red Cross for three years, helping clients access the community health equipment loan program, the bed loan program and helping with the many other requests that come in.
MacDonald volunteers with the Red Cross an average of 80 hours a month and has also spent many hours volunteering at the Valley Regional Hospital gift shop.