Michael Finney

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Michael Finney has a problem: Bay Area consumers are being ripped off, and he doesn’t like it one bit. His goal is to warn Bay Area shoppers about faulty products and shady business practices. His solutions are his weekly Consumer Talk show on KGO 810 and his popular 7 on Your Side Segments on KGO-TV/ABC 7. With the aid of his staff, Michael investigates and resolves consumer complaints and answers consumer questions, no matter how small. Michael has returned millions of dollars to consumers.

Michael’s consumer reporting has received many prestigious awards in broadcast journalism, including honors from several Press Clubs, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Associated Press. Community groups such as Consumer Action, The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and The National Association of Consumer Advocates have also honored his work. Michael grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from California State University at Chico. In 1991, he returned home to the Bay Area after working in newsrooms throughout the Western United States.

Bay Area listeners can catch him on Saturdays from 3-5pm, and experience an interactive talk program that provides listeners with answers to hot consumer questions, guidance, tips and warnings.

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More from Michael Finney

Michael Finney: April 20, 2019

Michael Finney: April 20, 2019

3:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum iof NBC News asks, “Is a travel rewards credit card right for you? Dr. Dean Headly, associate professor of marketing at the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University shares the results of the Airline Quality Rating 4:00pm Laura Adams of DriversEd.com shares the Cannabis & Cars’…

Michael Finney: April 6, 2019

Michael Finney: April 6, 2019

3:00pm Todd C. Frankel, Enterprise reporter for the Washington Post After reports that After Hundreds of crashes, this Britax jogging stroller faced recall. Then Trump appointees stepped in. Ryann Lynn of CalPirg says California gets a C+ for efforts to address lead in school drinking water John Oram, Founder and CEO of NUG offers Cannabis for…

Michael Finney: March 16, 2019

Michael Finney: March 16, 2019

3:00pm Solaria Perez, Financial Planner with Morgan Stanley offers Financial Advice for Young Women, from Women Laura Adams of Driver’s Ed.com has advice for how to Fight Back Against Drowsy Driving Vinay Bhaskara, Co-Co-Founder of College Vine explains how to Negotiate for Financial Aid 4:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum NBC News lists America’s Least Favorite…

Michael Finney: March 9, 2019

Michael Finney: March 9, 2019

3:00pm Jack Gillis of The Center for Auto Safety shares The Car Book’s Best Bets For 2019 Laura Deehan of CalPirg reveals FDA Finds Asbestos In Claire’s Makeup Sold To Children, Confirming CalPirg Test Results Julie Blackley of ISeeCars.com lists Best Cars to Buy New and Used in San Francisco and the Cars Most Likely to…

Michael Finney: February 23, 2019

Michael Finney: February 23, 2019

3:00pm Assemblymember Marc Levine D-San Rafael introduces his Legislation to Strengthen Data Breach Notification Law KGO-TV News Anchor Dan Ashely invites listeners to Rock the Casa a concert featuring the legendary Patti LaBelle to benefit CASA of Contra Costa County and Friends of Camp Concord Benjamin Yee, VP of Business Development for the Better Business Bureau…

Michael Finney: February 16, 2019

Michael Finney: February 16, 2019

3:00pm Michelle Robertson of The San Francisco Chronicle reports Ghirardelli fined close to $1 million for ‘misleading’ packaging Emily Rusch of CalPIRG reveals how questionable lending drives Americans to record auto debt 4:00pm Spencer Borisoff, author of Work Sucks!: A Funny View of a Serious Problem touts the benefitsof a 4-day work week Harvey Manes,…

Michael Finney: January 26, 2019

Michael Finney: January 26, 2019

3:00pm Comedian, podcaster and YouTube star Gaby Dunn shares financial tips for millennials in her new book Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together Donna Freeman of MoneyTalks News lists 7 Good Reasons Generation Z Is Opting Out of College Julie Heisel, Director of Retail Innovation, including My GM Rewards…

Michael Finney: January 12, 2019

Michael Finney: January 12, 2019

3:00pm Philip Reed, NerdWallet’s Auto Expert explains Rideshare Insurance for Drivers: Where to Buy, What It Covers Ben Fox Rubin of CNet lists CES 2019 Trends To Watch – 5 Predictions Everyone Should Read Carmen Balber of Cosumer Watchdog applauds New California Rules Ending Gender-Based Discrimination in Auto Insurance Pricing 4:00pm Attorney John Martin discusses  Proposed…

Michael Finney: January 5, 2019

Michael Finney: January 5, 2019

3:00pm Mark Miller New York Times journalist and author of Jolt: Stories of Trauma and Transformation lists 4 Key Retirement Issues to Watch in 2019 Octavio Blanco, money writer Consumer Reports shares Your January Financial To-Do List: 8 timely ways to organize your financial life 4:00pm California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announces the Death Master…

Michael Finney: December 29, 2018

Michael Finney: December 29, 2018

3:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum, of NBC News runs down his Top Stories of 2018 and What to Look out for in 2019 Andrea Woroch Money-Saving Expert explains how to Sell Unwanted Gifts w/ Facebook Marketplace Rhonda Collins of ToyCycle has an answer to Toy Tsunami! 4:00pm Joseph Falbo, Certified Financial Planner and author Retirement Success:…

Michael Finney: December 22, 2018

Michael Finney: December 22, 2018

3:00pm John Grech, Head of Retail Partnerships introduces GiftNow to take the stress out of last minute gifting Edgar Dworsky of Consumer World runs down 2018 Return Policies: Some Innovative, Some Naughty, Most Nice Ed Cara of Gizmodo warns: Don’t Take the DNA Test You’ll Probably Get for Christmas Bill Francavilla, author of the new…

Michael Finney: December 15, 2018

Michael Finney: December 15, 2018

3:00pm Dr. David Belk of TheTrueCostofHealthCare.org asks How helpful are Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans, really? Dori Zinn of Money Talks News lists 8 Ways to Slash Your Internet Bill Daniel Wolfson, EVP and COO of the ABIM Foundation shares advice on how to Efforts to Reduce Unnecessary Care, Medical Tests & Procedures 4:00pm…

Michael Finney: November 10, 2018

Michael Finney: November 10, 2018

3:00pm Laura Adams, safety analyst at DriversEd.com lists 5 Ways for Parents to Save Money on Teen Car Insurance Matt Schulz of Lending Tree found Half of Americans with a Store Card Regretted Getting One Danny Iny, Author of Leveraged Learning: How the Disruption of Education Helps Lifelong Learners and Experts with Something to Teach explains how The…

Michael Finney: November 3, 2018

Michael Finney: November 3, 2018

3:00pm Edgar Dworsky of Consumer World  shares a New Trick That Could Save You $4,00 on Health Insurance Ken Tumin of Deposit Accounts lists 5 Things Your Bank Won’t Tell You Dr. Ricky Fishman of the blog Condition: Health News that Matters offers A Rationale For A Single Payer Health Care System 4:00pm Ilana Strauss…

Michael Finney: October 6, 2018

Michael Finney: October 6, 2018

3:00pm Dr. Adams Dudley UCSF The Trouble with Telemedicine Laura Adams Drivers OF Ed.com says A Majority of drivers admit to texting while driving (& many also admit to Netflixing, YouTubing, Instagramming… Marguerita M. Cheng of Investopedia advises on How to Prepare Your College Budget 4:00pm Caleb Warren, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Eller College…

Michael Finney: September 29, 2018

Michael Finney: September 29, 2018

3:00pm Herb “the Consumerman” Weisbaum of NBC News explains The High Cost of Missing Your Credit Card Payments Lauren Hall of Consumer Action runs down the September Scam Gram Jack Gillis of the Consumer Federation of America reveals Over 70 Million Vehicles on the Road with Open Recalls 4:00pm Alan Zibel of Public Citizen Public reports…

Michael Finney: September 22, 2018

Michael Finney: September 22, 2018

3:00pm Erin Allday of the San Francisco Chronicle shares her special report: Merchants of hope Their costly, unproven treatments can be risky. But for-profit stem cell clinics are flourishing Maryalene LaPonsie of Money Talks News warns: Beware These 10 Retail Sales Tricks That Get You to Spend More James K. Willcox Consumer Reports says It…

Michael Finney: September 8, 2018

Michael Finney: September 8, 2018

3:00pm Arturo M. Sanchez, VP of Compliance for Blum Dispensaries explains How CA Marijuana Rules Will Impact Consumers Jaime Court of Consumer Watchdog Calls for Jerry Brown to Shut Down Oil Wells and runs down Consumer Wins in California George Nocetti Morgan Stanley recites The ABCs of Educational Giving 4:00pm Raphael Tulino of the IRS…

Michael Finney: August 11, 2018

Michael Finney: August 11, 2018

3:00pm Vince Beiser, author of “The World in a Grain” discusses the fascinating story of sand. Ty Pendlebury of CNet runs down the Best live TV streaming services for cord-cutters Herb Weisbaum of NBC News reports Facebook slips, Instagram drops, and Twitter tumbles in customer satisfaction survey 4:00pm Deborah Thorne of the University of Idaho shares…

Michael Finney: August 4, 2018

Michael Finney: August 4, 2018

3:00pm Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken of CNN reveal The Scam, The Phychic and the “Sin” of Wanting More Jack Gillis of The Center for Auto Safety shares The Car Book‘s Best Used Cars Daniel Howley of Yahoo advises on How to Avoid Text Phising Scams 4:00pm Rick Broida of Cnet compares Movie Subscriptions MoviePass…

Michael Finney: July 28, 2018

Michael Finney: July 28, 2018

3:00pm Heather Haddon of the Wall Street Journal serves up how Meal-Kit Companies Scramble to Dodge Disaster John Pelletier, Director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College shares the 2017 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools Stacey DeSantis of TextNow asks, “What Would You Give Up…

Michael Finney: July 21, 2018

Michael Finney: July 21, 2018

3:00pm Eric Hodge, Director of Solutions of CyberScout explains how Consumers Benefit from New California Privacy Law David Belk from the The True Cost of Health Care Update on U.S. Hospital Finances Dr. Lora Tu, Assistant Clinical Professor of Marketing at Baylor Universityass, “$2.99 or $3.00? Will the difference of a penny get you to the…

Michael Finney: July 7, 2018

Michael Finney: July 7, 2018

3:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum NBC News reports Major credit card companies are cutting their perks. Here’s what you need to know. Artemio Armenta, Public Information Officer for the CA Department of Motor Vehicles Reminds Drivers of New Laws Taking Effect July 1 Maryalene LaPonsie from Money Talks News lists 20 Items No One Should Ever Buy…

Michael Finney: June 30, 2018

Michael Finney: June 30, 2018

3:00pm Steve Moskowitz of Moskowitz, LLP offers Tax Topics at Mid-Year You Need to Hear Tanya Brown, Food Safety Expert at the USDA share advice on How to Eat Safe on July 4th – Expert Tips for the 4th, Beach Days, BBQs, Camping and More David Belk from The True Cost of Health Care gives…

Michael Finney: June 23, 2018

Michael Finney: June 23, 2018

3:00pm Mark Burfeind of INRIX reports on a Record-Breaking Year for 4th of July Travel Robert Lajdziak, Lead Researcher of J. D. Power reveals Auto Insurance Customer Satisfaction Reaches Record High Raphael Tulino of the IRS recommends Adjust Tax withholdings midway through 2018 for a paycheck boost 4:00pm Carroll Lachnit Senior Consumer Advice Editor for…