WASHINGTON (4/18/13)--This Sunday, April 21, will mark the 300th broadcast of Home & Family Finance Radio, the weekly personal finance radio show that the Credit Union National Association launched to help foster financial literacy and build the credit union brand.
The one-hour program airs Sundays at 3 p.m. (ET) on the Radio America
CUNA's Paul Gentile (right) and H&FF Radio host Paul Berry (left) discuss CUNA's first annual survey on how much students know--or don't--about the college debt they are taking on. (CUNA Photo)
network and is "presented by America's credit unions." Launched six years ago in 29 markets, CUNA's show now airs in 64 markets nationwide and is carried to U.S. military bases overseas via the American Forces Radio Network.
"For much of the time our show has been on the air, the economy has been struggling. So we feel a program like ours, focused on the kind of pocketbook financial issues families routinely discuss around their kitchen tables, has performed a real service while at the same time strengthening credit unions' brand identity as a trusted consumer resource," said Mark Wolff, CUNA senior vice president-communications and the show's executive producer.
This Sunday's milestone show returns to a topic frequently addressed on Home & Family Finance: financial literacy. Guests include CUNA Executive Vice President of Communications Paul Gentile, discussing CUNA's first annual survey on how much students know--or don't--about the college debt they are taking on; and Shawn Gilfedder, CEO of McGraw Hill FCU, East Windsor, N.J., discussing his credit union's recent survey of the toll personal finance worries can take on people's productivity at work and how financial wellness programs can help.
The show is hosted by Paul Berry, whom many credit unions know best as the master of ceremonies at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. Berry is also a veteran broadcast journalist with more than 40 years of experience. Staff from CUNA's Center for Personal Finance also regularly contribute to the program.
Prominent guests who have appeared on the show during its six-year run include Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), National Credit Union Administration Chairman Debbie Matz and board member Michael Fryzel, Consumer Federation of America Executive Director Stephen Brobeck and noted personal finance journalists Jean Chatzky of NBC Today
, Elisabeth Leamy of ABC's Good Morning America
, Janet Bodnar of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Kathy Kristof of the Los Angeles Times
, and Liz Pulliam Weston of MSNMoney.com.
"The show is a forum for our guests to give helpful guidance to consumers, but it also demonstrates to these influential policy makers, journalists and experts how seriously credit unions are devoted to their mission of promoting financial education," Wolff noted.
CUNA also expressed gratitude to the show's longtime sponsors: CO OP Financial Services, the Defense Credit Union Council, and Cabot Creamery Cooperative. For a list of stations airing the show and links to podcasts, use the resource link.