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: May 23, 2020

Michael Finney: May 23, 2020

3:00pm Ted Rossman of Bankrate shares the survey that found 20 million Americans have had groceries delivered but feel bad about it Matt Kent, Regulatory Policy Associate with the Center for Sensible Safeguares introduces ‘Pandemic Rollbacks’ that Tracks Trump’s Dangerous Deregulation During the Coronavirus Tara Parker-Pope New York Times answers the question“Have I Been Cleaning…

Michael Finney: May 16, 2020

Michael Finney: May 16, 2020

3:00pm David S. Hilzenrath Chief Investigative Reporter for the Project on Government Oversight says the Coronavirus Relief Act Gives Drug Makers New Sway Over FDA Attorney Peter J. Mougey with the firm Levin Papantonio advises Keeping Calm in the Coronavirus Market: Eight Guidelines to Help You Make Smart Decisions (at Every Age) Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director Center…

Michael Finney: May 9, 2020

Michael Finney: May 9, 2020

3:00pm CA State Assembly Assemblymember Levine discusses his Lawsuit on Gas Prices Nelson Santiago, Community Outreach Manager for Consumer Action How to Report COVID-19 Price Gouging + Consumer Action Resources for workers and consumers Erika Rickard, Project Director, Civil Legal System Modernization with Pew Trusts explains why COVID-19 Pandemic Expected To Cause Dramatic Growth In…

Michael Finney: May 2, 2020

Michael Finney: May 2, 2020

3:00pm Edgar Dworsky of Consumer World Discusses Is a Hamburger Legally a Steak?, Credit cards cutting limits for people facing tough times, and Equifax, Experian and TransUnion Announce Free Weekly Credit Reports to Help Americans in Response to COVID-19 Elain Ryan of AARP lists 6 Questions Families Should Be Asking Care Facilities Right Now Ken Tumin of…

Michael Finney: April 25, 2020

Michael Finney: April 25, 2020

3:00pm Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announces the County’s Program To Expand Healthcare Coverage For Middle And Low-income Families Bill Sweeney, Senior Vice President Government Affairs for AARP helps listeners Demystify the Stimulus for Older Americans  Erik Josowitz with Insurance Quotes.com offers a crash course in Life Insurance 101 in anticipation of National Life…

Michael Finney: April 11, 2020

Michael Finney: April 11, 2020

3:00pm Will Oremus of Medium.com corrects What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage  Richard Holober of the Consumer Federation of California calls Allstate’s 15% Premium Rate Cut a Good First Step, Much More Relief Needed for COVID-19 Idled Drivers  Dr. Sophia Yenof Pandia Health offers advice on How to Access Birth Control During the COVID-19…

MichaelFinney: April 4, 2020

MichaelFinney: April 4, 2020

3:00pm Lara Starr of WeLoveBookstores.org invites listeners to attend Virtual Events by Best-Selling Authors to Benefit Independent Bookstores Jeff Stalnaker of First Orion helps ensure Coronavirus-Related Calls Get Answered  Ted Rossman, Industry Analyst with CreditCards.com reports 110 Million Entered Coronavirus Outbreak With Credit Card Debt Matt Schulz of Compare Cards runs down how Credit Card…

Michael Finney: March 28, 2020

Michael Finney: March 28, 2020

3:00pm Michelle Singletary of the Washington says companies and colleges should be prepared to be generous with refund policies and coronavirus. Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association warns Coronavirus to Cause 5.9 Million Travel-Related Job Losses Before May Elizabeth Leamy, author of Replacement Cycles suggests a worthy health and safety project to take…

Michael Finney: March 21, 2020

Michael Finney: March 21, 2020

3:00pm Sara Routhier Managing Editor of Lattice Publishing runs down the States with the Longest ER Wait Times Roger Dow President and CEO of US Travel Association Coronavirus Having Catastrophic Impact on Travel Businesses and Workers Shelly Hunter Gift Card Girlfriend at GiftCards.com says to support small businesses by buying gift cards  4:00pm Doug Heller…

Michael Finney: March 7, 2020

Michael Finney: March 7, 2020

4:00pm Chuck Bell, Programs Director for Consumer Reports finds Allstate’s secret algorithm resulted in “suckers list” of drivers  Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog introduces Trump’s Raw Deal Playing Cards Carlos Dias of Dias Wealth Management lists 7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Financial Adviser Dr. Ted Klontz discusses The Science of Savings

Michael Finney: February 15. 2020

Michael Finney: February 15. 2020

3:00pm Josh Slocom of the Funeral Consumers Alliance reveals California Funeral Homes That Hide Prices Charge More Than Those Who Disclose Matt Schulz of Compare Cards releases Credit Card Statistics Report from the Last Decade Chris Betz of Century Link shares How to Protect Against Cyber Attacks 4:00pm Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) discusses his Bill…

Michael Finney: February 8, 2020

Michael Finney: February 8, 2020

3:00pm Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo discusses his Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Cask Payments Nelson Santiago of Consumer Action Confused helps listeners navigate their private employer and government health insurance plans. Attorney Chip Merlin asks, “Could Computer Errors Put Your Health And Life In Danger?” 4:00pm Mariana Falconier of Virginia Tech lists 10 tips to…

Michael Finney: February 1. 2020

Michael Finney: February 1. 2020

3:00pm Julie Blackly of iSeeCars lists Most Popular Car Colors in San Francisco Tanya Garcia, Senior Fellow for Center for Education and the Workplace at Georgetown University shares a study that found Colleges Award Similar Number of Certificates and Associate’s Degrees Combined as They Do Bachelor’s Degrees Erik Josowitz of Insurance.Quotescom warns Super Bowl hosts:…

Michael Finney: January 25, 2020

Michael Finney: January 25, 2020

3:00pm Carly Stern of Ozy.com discusses her article, ‘I Want to Be a Solar Panel Installer When I Grow Up’ & Other New Dream Jobs Alexander Meyer of 360Labs lists  Top 10 Things To Look For in a Co-Working Alex Qulici of YouMail delivers the 2019 Robocall Wrapup Report  4:00pm David Dayen of The American…

Michael Finney: January 18, 2020

Michael Finney: January 18, 2020

3:00pm Melody Warnick of Slate.com explains why  “I Killed My Teenager’s Fancy College Dreams. You Should, Too” Kali McFadden, Senior Research Analystwith  Lending Tree discussed Over 35% of Borrowers Got Personal Loans For Debt Consolidations in December and the latest auto debt statistics. 4:00pm Steve Brobeck of Consumer Federation of America reveals Real Estate Disclosures About Agent Representation Often…

Michael Finney: January 4, 2020

Michael Finney: January 4, 2020

3:00pm George Nocetti of Morgan Stanley reveals numbers that older workers and retirees need to know in 2020 Kyle Miller, Director of Brand and Communications for Bellhops shares The Ultimate Moving Checklist Pete Trabuco, Author “America’s Top Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks” invites readers to Most Anticipated Roller Coasters of 2020 4:00pm Alicia Rose Hudnett…

Michael Finney: December 28, 2019

Michael Finney: December 28, 2019

3:00pm Kate Ward Security of Nerd Home Security shares Steps When Away On Holiday Travel and How to Protect the Packages on Your Porch Jennifer Savary, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management discusses her research on The Uncertain Self: How Self-Concept Structure Affects Subscription Choice   Beverly Harzog of US…

Michael Finney: December 14, 2019

Michael Finney: December 14, 2019

3:00pm Scott Keys of Scott’s Cheap Flights lists 20 Places to Go on Cheap Flights in 2020 Andrea Woroch advises Do These 5 Things to Stay Out of Debt this Holiday Season  Jody Rohlena, Senior Editor of Reader’s Digest share show to Speed Up Your Holiday Travel Without Getting a Ticket  4:00pm George Noceti of…

Michael Finney: December 7, 2019

Michael Finney: December 7, 2019

Raphael Tulino from the IRS offers tips for  National Tax Security Awareness Week Tony Uphoff President & CEO of Thomas reveals the tech trends will impact us in 2020. David Fein of The Christmas Tree Project invites listeners to help

Michael Finney: November 16, 2019

Michael Finney: November 16, 2019

3:00pm Lena Felton of The Lily asks, “Can a Credit Card Be Sexist?” Matt Stoller, a Fellow with the Open Markets Institute is one of the Consumer who says the U.S. should block Google’s acquisition of Fitbit Sarah Newcomb, Director of Behavioral Science with  Morningstar warns Parents keep making ‘a huge mistake’ when sending kids to…

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…

 

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