Consumer Talk with 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: January 16, 2021

Michael Finney: January 16, 2021

3:00pm Rafael Tulino with the IRS advises Economic Impact Payments on their way, visit IRS.gov instead of calling Ted Rossman with Bankrate discusses How to Overcome a Credit Denial Stephanie Asymkos, Reporter for Cashay offers tips on what to do with unwanted gift cards 4:00pm Geoff Williams with US News lists 10 Financial New Year’s…

Michael Finney: January 9, 2021

Michael Finney: January 9, 2021

3:00pm Claudia Deeg with CalPirg reports on hundreds of price-gouged products on Amazon Jeanette Pavini, author The Joy of Saving: Money Lessons I Learned from my Italian-American Father & 20 Years as a Consumer Reporter lists 5 hidden secrets to saving money that retailers don’t talk about. Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum of Consumer Checkbook discusses Headlight…

Michael Finney: November 14, 2020

Michael Finney: November 14, 2020

3:00pm Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor discusses Moves Forward To Cut Costs For Life-saving Medications Sam Kemmis of Nerdwallet answers the question, “How Safe Is Air Travel Right Now?”  Brandon Wright discusses his book Getting the Most Bang for the Education Buck 4:00pm Ruth Susswein of Consumer Action shares a study of the Impact…

Michael Finney: October 31, 2020

Michael Finney: October 31, 2020

3:00pm Adam Rizzieri of Agency Partner Interactive explains why Consumers want to know a brand’s politics before buying David Shapiro of Cartelligent discusses how the Bay Area Auto Inventory Shortage Is Changing Car Buying for Consumers Liza Tucker of Consumer Watchdog reporrts Redemption Rate For Empty Bottles And Cans Sinks To 60% As Consumers Forfeit…

Michael Finney: October 24, 2020

Michael Finney: October 24, 2020

3:00 Herb “the Consumerman” Weisbaum of Consumer Checkbook offers tips for How to Save on Prescription Drugs Elena Mauer of Security Nerd lists 7 ways to save money with your smart thermostat  Mat Schulz Lending Tree reports 44% of Americans Plan to Apply for Store Credit Card This Holiday Season; Big Jump From 2019  4:00…

Michael Finney: October 17, 2020

Michael Finney: October 17, 2020

3:00pm Nicholas Penzenstadler of USA Today reports Coronavirus has exposed a secret underbelly of the travel business: Ponzi-style schemes to pay bookings Jordan Cohen, Chief Marketing Officer of What If Media Group explains Why Halloween is a Scary Time for Retailers Edgar Dworsky of Consumer World asks, “Is It a News Story or a Sales…

Michael Finney: October 10, 2020

Michael Finney: October 10, 2020

3:00pm Carlos Dias of Dias Wealth offers 2020 Tax Planning Tips Julie Blackley of I See Cars reports San Francisco is a Top City for Electric Vehicle Adoption Clarence Bethea, CEO and Consumer Advocate for Upsie introduces  A New Option to Protect Your Purchase  4:00pm Matt Schultz of Compare Cards reports About 6 in 10…

Michael Finney: October 3, 2020

Michael Finney: October 3, 2020

3:00pm Steve McFarland, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Silicon Valley warns of latest scam: Online Vehicle Sales Dr. Justin Zaghi, Medical Director for Heal discusses The Return of Home Doctor Visits Kimberly Palmer of Nerd Wallet asks, Should You Relocate? It Could Cost You 4:00pm Herb “The Consumerman” Weisbaum of Checkbook.org warns Data…

Michael Finney: September 19, 2020

Michael Finney: September 19, 2020

3:00pm Laura Adams from Coverage.com discusses how Good Grades Can Save Families over $800 a Year Jeff Seling, author of Who Gets In and Why reveals the truth about college admissions Gaurav Jain, assistant professor of marketing at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY discusses why Consumers Value Difficult Decisions Over…

Michael Finney: September 12, 2020

Michael Finney: September 12, 2020

3:00pm Stephanie Asmykos, Reporter for Cashay explains  how parents can cut back-to-school costs for remote learning and top tips for shopping online marketplaces for back-to-school and remote work supplies  Alex Qulilici, CEO YouMail reports Robocalls Creep Upward Again After COVID-Related Drop Sam Kemmis of NerdWallet shares How Much Hotel Prices Have Changed Since Last Year…

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