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: 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…

Michael Finney: June 16, 2018

Michael Finney: June 16, 2018

3:00pm Bruce Stuart, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley advises on LGBTQ Finances in Time for Pride Jim Fisher, Senior Analyst with PCMag shares the results of the Fastest Mobile Networks Test: Best Mobile Carrier in San Francisco Laura Jones, Product Marketing Lead at UBER offers Cool Ways to Travel in Style and Ease While Traveling…

Michael Finney: June 9, 2018

Michael Finney: June 9, 2018

3:00pm Jason Hargraves of InsuranceQuotes.com explains Insurance & reverse mortgages: Here’s what seniors need to know Connie Guglielmo, editor-in-chief of CNET previews One of the Year’s Biggest Tech Conferences Herb “The Consumerman” Wiesbaum of NBC News warns Misspelling that web address can lead to trouble 4:00pm Kevin Brasler of Consumer Checkbook shares How to Hit the Brakes…

Michael Finney: May 26, 2017

Michael Finney: May 26, 2017

3:00pm Serena Greening of Home Street Mortgage Mortgage reports rates reach highest levels in seven years Kaitlin Pitsker of Kiplinger’s asks Worried About Facebook? Kiplinger Explains How to Protect Your Privacy David Johnson, field director of National Nurses United Court says the Attack on Workers’ Constitutional Rights the Latest Gift to Wealthy Corporations 4:00pm Edgar…

Michael Finney: May 19, 2018

Michael Finney: May 19, 2018

3:00pm Dr. Scott Shamblott, author Fear-Free Dental Care: Finding a Dentist You Can Love lists 5 Ways You Can Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist Martin Van Der Werf, Associate Director of Editorial and Postsecondary Policy at Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce runs down Five Rules of the College and Career Game 4:00pm…

Michael Finney: May 12, 2018

Michael Finney: May 12, 2018

3:00pm Emily Hunter, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Management Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business lists 11 Tips for How To Negotiate The Best Retail Price Jodi Andersen. Co-Founder How I Met My Dog Introduces the Match.com Of The Pet World Elisabeth Leamy of the Washington Post warns Despite previous safety concerns, this circuit breaker is…

Michael Finney: May 5, 2018

Michael Finney: May 5, 2018

3:00pm Jack Gillis of the Center for Auto Safety presents The Car Book’s Best Bets for 2018 Available for the First Time Online Ken Tumin of Deposit Accounts explains the Pros and Cons of using CDs instead of Bonds in your retirement portfolio Adriana Samper, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University shares her study Beauty, Effort,…

Michael Finney: April 28, 2018

Michael Finney: April 28, 2018

3:00pm Eric Stang, CEO Ooma explains the pros and cons of landlines versus smartphones Ken Huening, CEO of  MiLegacy, a new social network that helps share your legacy for generations to come Brad Stone of Bloomberg Technogoly reports that Amazon has a top-secret plan to build home robots 4:00pm Paul Ziobro of the The Wall…

Michael Finney: April 14, 2018

3:00pm Shum Preston of Common Sense Media Common explains How Teens Were Affected by Cambridge Analytica Rafael Tulino of the IRS offers VERY last-minute tax advice and tips for next year Julie Blackley of ISeeCars.com shares a new study that finds the Longest-Lasting Cars Over 200,000 Miles 4:00pm Ian Scherr, Executive Editor of CNet reports on…

Michael Finney, March 31, 2018

Michael Finney, March 31, 2018

3:00pm Richard Holober Consuerm of the Federation of California explains why California privacy advocates asked Facebook why it’s opposing proposed ballot measure  Thomas Gremillion of Consumer Federation of America discusses 41st Annual Food Policy Conference, March 28/29; Science, Not Politics, Sets Food Policy Linda Price of University of Oregon shares her study: The Fresh Start…

Michael Finney: March 24, 2018

Michael Finney: March 24, 2018

3:00pm Connie Guglielmo, Editor in Chief of CNet discusses the Facebook Privacy Breach Linda Sherryof  Consumer Action runs down the March Scam Gram Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum of NBC News  reports Even Online Stores are Struggling to Satisfy Picky Customers 4:00pm Morag McKay, Director Research for Safe Kids Worldwide reveals Every 12 Days, a Young…

Michael Finney: March 17, 2018

Michael Finney: March 17, 2018

3:00pm Jim Willcox, Sr. Electronics Editor of Consumer Reports lists The Sneaky Ways Cable Companies Keep Raising Prices Kevin Brasler, Executive Editor of Checkbook.org shares how and Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook tracked prices at 19 major retailers for 10 months and found that most sales are bogus. Kara Cook-Schultz of CalPirg reveals Asbestos Found in…

Michael Finney: February 17, 2018

Michael Finney: February 17, 2018

3:00pm Christopher Peterson of the Consumer Federation of America warns Budget Proposal Seeks to Slash the Independence and Funding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Steve Moskowitz of Moskowitz LLP has tips for the New Tax Laws That Affect Everyone’s Pocketbooks Titania Jordan, Chief Parenting Officer of  Bark.us cautions about Danger in the Digital World…

Michael Finney: February 10, 2018

Michael Finney: February 10, 2018

3:00pm Jeanie Ahn of Yahoo Finance shares Financial Advisers Advice: Here’s how to handle the stock market roller coaster Michael Brown, Research Analyst of LendU finds out Walmart vs. Amazon: Which is Cheaper? and why Students are not the Only Ones Stuck with Student Loans 4:00pm Ken Tumin of Deposit Accounts.com warns Why You Need an Emergency…

Michael Finney: February 3, 2018

Michael Finney: February 3, 2018

3:00pm Amit Narang of Public Citizen debunks Trump’s fiction about regulation Joe Ridout of Consumer shares Action How to handle bad customer service Beth Zoller of XpertHR explains The Good, Bad and Ugly of Workplace Romances 4:00pm Emily Rusch of Cal Pirg reports After Apple Slows Phones, Interest In Repair Spikes in California Amy Castro…