Michael Finney


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: November 2, 2019

Michael Finney: November 2, 2019

3:00pm Mike Taylor of J.D. Power shares a study that find Increasing Competition Drives Rental Car Companies to Achieve Record High Satisfaction Charlotte Hilton of  Andersen Reader’s Digest lists 18 Things Nurses Secretly Wish You Would Stop Doing Stephen Brobeck of the Consumer Federation reveals Real Estate Commission Levels Are Purposely Hidden, Raising Prices For…

Michael Finney: October 26, 2019

Michael Finney: October 26, 2019

3:00pm Assemblymember Mark Levine D-Marin calls for Swift Investigation of Mysterious High Gas Price  Spencer Soper of Bloomberg reveals A Spot on Amazon’s Holiday Toy Guide Could Cost You $2 Million Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News reports on How A Massive Facebook Scam Siphoned Millions Of Dollars From Unsuspecting Boomers 4:00pm Senator Bob Wieckowski  (D-Fremont)…

Michael Finney: October 19, 2019

Michael Finney: October 19, 2019

3:00pm Julie Blackley of I See Cars reveals Which Car Colors Provide the Most Discounts In San Francisco? Michael Bovee of Resolve.com discusses a New California law that blocks debt collectors from emptying your bank account 4:00pm Claudia Deeg of CalPIRG shares a New report that  reveals unsafe used cars for sale at country’s largest…

Michael Finney: October 12, 2019

Michael Finney: October 12, 2019

3:00pm Mark Toney of TURN: The Uitlity Reform Network discusses the PG&E Power Outages Edgar Dworsky of Consumer World reveals Amazon 4-Star Stores Charge Full List Price Sometimes and Scammers Clone Major News Sites to Mislead Buyers Emily Brandon, Senior Editor for Retirement for U.S News shares the 2020 Best Places to Retire Rankings 4:00pm…

Michael Finney: October 5, 2019

Michael Finney: October 5, 2019

3:00pm Rod Griffin, Director of Public Education for Experian explains why Generation Z’ers want more financial education – and innovative tools to help them learn Josh Slocum, Executive Director of Funeral Consumers Alliance reveals 1/4 of California Funeral Homes in Urban Areas Use Loophole in State Law to Hide Prices Matt Schulz, Chief Industry Analyst…

Michael Finney: September 28, 2019

Michael Finney: September 28, 2019

3:00pm Dr. Marty Makary, Author The Price We Pay shares New Research on California’s High Healthcare Costs Carlos Dias of Dias Wealth, LLC warns Retirees: Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Before a Market Correction George Nocetti of Morgan Stanley lists 6 Social Security Traps to Avoid 4:00pm Michael Bovee, Debt Expert at Resolve advises How…

Michael Finney: September 21, 2019

Michael Finney: September 21, 2019

3:00pm Author Elizabeth Cline discusses her new book The Conscious Closet Beverly Harzog of US News U.S. shares a survey that Finds Airline Rewards Cardholders Aren’t Taking Advantage of Rewards Christine Hines of the National Association of Consumer Advocates reports on a Win for consumers: House to ban forced arbitration 4:00pm Kate Ward of SecurityNerd.com lists…

Michael Finney: August 17, 2019

Michael Finney: August 17, 2019

3:00pm Kristina Gaddy of Ozy.com asks, Why Would Cancer Patients Stop Treatment? Money Laura Adams with Drivers Ed.com shares the 2019 ‘State of Self-Driving Cars’ report Rob Marvin, Associate Features Editor of PC Mag runs down the Best & Worst Tech for Students 4:00pm Ken Tumin of Deposit Accounts says Americans are Leaving up to…

Michael Finney: August 3, 2019

Michael Finney: August 3, 2019

3:00pm Adam Scow of Consumer Watchdog shares an Insider Report that Finds 2020 Connected Cars Vulnerable To Fleet Wide Hack Matt Schulz Compare Cards reports 2 in 3 Millennials Have Credit Card Debt, More Than Double the Number Who Have Student Loans 4:00pm Jenni Corwin of JD Power discusses reveals the 2019 North America Hotel…

Michael Finney: July 27, 2019

Michael Finney: July 27, 2019

3:00pm Bob Hunter of the Consumer Federation of America reveals Low-income Americans Are Charged More For Increasing Auto Insurance Than Those Who Already Had Higher Coverage Matt Schulz, Chief Industry Analyst for Compare Cards discusses About 40 Million Americans Had A Credit Card Declined In The Past Year Gary Yung, Regional Executive at Bank of…

Michael Finney: July 20, 2019

Michael Finney: July 20, 2019

3:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum of NBC News shares What’s a Roth 401(k)? The other employer-based retirement plan that lets your savings grow tax free Carlos Dias, Jr, of Excel Tax & Wealth Group and contributor to Kiplinger’s advises What to Know Before Purchasing an Annuity Income Rider Nick DiUlio of InsuranceQuotes.com exposes Common Insurance…

Michael Finney: June 29, 2019

Michael Finney: June 29, 2019

3:00pm Eric Hodge, VP of Solutions for CyberScout explains How The Cyber War Has Replaced the Cold War Alastair Paterson of Digital Shadows dives deep into the Dark Web and Digital Privacy Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist for Lending Tree breaks down how How the Fed rate Pause Impacts, Savers, Borrowers and Investors 4:00pm Kevin Brasler, executive…

Michael Finney: June 22, 2019

Michael Finney: June 22, 2019

3:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum of NBC News explains how to protect your digital life from hackers and criminals when you travel this summer Eric Reed of The Street answers the question, What Is Outsourcing? Karla Bowsher of Money Talks News lists the 11 Top-Rated Car Insurance Companies of 2019 4:00pm Janna Herron of USA…

Michael Finney: June 15, 2019

Michael Finney: June 15, 2019

3:00pm Carlos Diaz, Jr, Wealth Advisor lists 7 Secrets Financial Advisers Won’t Tell You  Ruth Susswein of Consumer Action warns against The Scourge of Robocalls Anna Laitin, Financial Policy Director with Consumer Reports offers advice on how to Protect Yourself From Hidden Fees 4:00pm Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA 14 San Francisco) Passes Amendment to Provide…

Michael Finney: June 8, 2019

Michael Finney: June 8, 2019

3:00pm Julie Blackley of ISeeCars lists The Most Dangerous Cars in San Francisco and the US Ken Tumin of Deposit Accounts asks if Banking Should Go Postal?  Jason Hargraves of InsuranceQuotes.com offers Summer Safety and Insurance Tips 4:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum of NBC News warns Shopping Online? Watch Out for Counterfeit Everything and shares America’s…

Michael Finney: June 1, 2019

Michael Finney: June 1, 2019

3:00pm Mark Agnew, author of The Eyeglasses Buying Guide and founder of Eyeglasses.com reveals how the eyewear industry is ripping you off. Jeff Traum, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park offers Graduation Season Financial Tips Nick Fouriezos from OZY.com asks Would You Sacrifice Car And Coffee To Retire In 10 Years? 4:00pm Pandora architect Nolan…

Michael Finney: May 25, 2019

Michael Finney: May 25, 2019

3:00pm David VanAmburg, Managing Director of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI®) reveals the 2018-2019 Travel Report Anthony Salerno, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business of the University of Cincinnati shares his study:  The Bad Can Be Good: When Benign and Malicious Envy Motivate Goal Pursuit Pam Webber of 99…

Michael Finney: May 11, 2019

Michael Finney: May 11, 2019

3:00pm Kevin Brasler of Consumer Checkbook reveals What Bay Area Consumers Need to Know About Home Warranties. KGO listeners can access article for free until 6/11/2019 Michael Kitchen of StudentLoanHero.com offers Tips To Start Paying Off Student Loans Martin Van Der Werf, Associate Director of Editorial and Postsecondary Policy at Georgetown University’s Center on Education…

Michael Finney: May 4, 2019

Michael Finney: May 4, 2019

3:00pm Anthony Myint, founder of Mission Chinese Food and ZeroFoodPrint explains the new 1% Climate change tax in California Restaurants Teresa Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief of WhereTraveler Magazine lists the Hottest Attractions in May and shares Budget-Friendly Attractions in San Francisco Edgar Dworsky of Consumer World discusses Wayfair Called Out on Exaggerated Savings Claims 4:00pm In honor of…

Michael Finney: April 27, 2019

Michael Finney: April 27, 2019

3:00pm Mark Miller of Retirement Revised offers advice on the Transition to MediCare from Other Health Insurance Ben Fox Ruben Senior Reporter with CNET reports on New Google In-Home Gadgets Lauren Deluca with the Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group shares New CDC Opioid Prescription Guidelines 4:00pm Sarah Rathner of Nerd Wallet How asks, “How far…

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…