Bob Brinker’s Moneytalk Ending After 32 Years


MoneyTalk host Bob Brinker has decided to step away from radio. Brinker will continue to write and publish his investment newsletter Marketimer. He says it’s time for him to “take his weekends back and enjoy Sundays with his family.” Westwood One has been syndicating the show.


  1. We will miss your Sunday Money Talk. We began listening on the day the Bears won the Super Bowl!!
    Thank you for your wise advice and knowledge over the years. Enjoy more time with your family and semi-retirement.

    Bill & Mary

  2. Thanks Bob…you made investing a lot less scary. I have your advice (and my dad’s) to thank in helping me look forward to a comfortable retirement.

  3. First heard you 1987 on KGO, SF. We moved to WA in 1992, delighted to find you on KGMI, Bellingham. Subscribers/fans! All the best to you, and all the “young sprouts”!

  4. For the last 31 years you have been the steady beacon of light for me and so many of your loyal listeners. Following your advice I was able to retire at age 60 having reached “Critical Mass”, that was 18 years ago and our investment portfolio continues to grow. As a subscriber to your MarketTimer Newsletter I will continue to benefit from your financial wisdom.
    Thank you Bob, and may you have a well deserved long and happy retirement with your family.

  5. I listened over the years because the theme music and Bob’s voice were comforting. I would tune in from Canada sometimes while working farm ground out in the middle of nowhere, thanks Bob.

  6. I miss your Moneytalk already but you deserve pleasant Sundays with your family. I still value your Marketimer. Thank you for your expertise and advice.

  7. Thank you, Bob. You are giving us yet another lesson – the importance of family. Money Talk was aptly named; our money talks. “In God We Trust” appears on our currency. The value of money is that it can help us live as we believe. You have assisted me. I thank you. God bless you and your family.

  8. Thank You Bob, I owe you everything. It all began January weekend 1987 on KGO and recently KSFO in Oakland Calif. When I missed your show it was often available recorded on Internet. I unraveled high interest mortgage, bought 8% STRIPS for 15 years, changed 401K from GIC to Vanguard funds contributing the max, took advantage of tax deferred saving, bought term insurance, put kids through college with mutual funds specifically for this purpose and way more. Bob you gave me knowledge to manage my own finances. I took early retirement when employer outsourced me, investments allowed me to do anything and nothing, that’s my choice. Thanks BOB, been great 30+ years

  9. Bob, my Sunday evening radio time won’t be the same without your sage advice, commentary, and humor. I credit you in large part for my financial education these long years, and allowing this former blue collar lad from the Windy City to spend my time as I wish, with family and friends, at critical mass since age 57. Now I wish you the same, my wise friend. Thank you and God Bless you.

  10. I discovered Money Talk during Superbowl weekend in 1987. Following Bob’s advice I went from Shark Bait to Vanguard investor. I followed his advice and rode out 4 market downturns. I was layed off 2011, 8 years before my planned retirement date. I had comfortably achieved Critical Mass in 2007 when the market tanked but hung in there. On retirement (layoff) day. similar employees worried about their future, I was angered about layoff after 30 years with a 30 day notice. The investment advice grew my retirement nest egg in steadily. The general financial advice saved me plenty on mortgage, insurance, loans. I was empowered by the knowledge and am forever grateful for Bob’s guidance.

  11. Bob…listening to you for at least 25 years helped me and my wife achieve critical mass. Tried other ways, books, newsletters, and financial advisors; nothing came close to your advice when it comes to success. I was at first angry at my local radio station when they replaced you with two financial salesmen. Then I found out you would no longer be on the air. Hearing you were off the air was as devastating as hearing Garrison Keillor going off the air. Weekends will not be the same. But thankfully I do get your newsletter. Thanks for the years and advice.

  12. So Bob you have reached critical mass. Bob I’m going to miss you. You are truly an American patriot in investment and we did learn a lot from you and I really enjoyed the show especially in up to the early 2000, I will still search to find someone almost like you maybe someone that learned from you. Bob enjoy you and your family

  13. BOB..

    I have listened since mid 1980’s and have learned a lot from you. Retired 12/31/99 for I knew markets we going to be taken over by computers and commission would go to near Zero. I was a institutional broker for Cantor Fitzgerald. I and my wife have and still enjoying life..Thanks for all your advise.



  14. I must have missed the last broadcast. Today I searched many stations to find my favorite Sunday afternoon education to no avail. Your advice has been invaluable in helping me steer the course to financial independence. You will be sorely missed. Happily your newsletter will continue. Thank you for all you have done for ordinary investors over the past 30+ years.

  15. Bob:

    I have listened to you since 1989 first at KGO and later as KSFO. I even attended the KGO event at which you spoke. I will continue to subscribe to the newsletter for your insight. However, it will never fill the void of hearing your voice on weekends. I wish the best to you and your family.

  16. My husband and I will miss you so very much on Sunday Afternoons. We have learned so much from you and because of your advice we now have a comfortable retirement. Enjoy your family, and thanks again

  17. I really wonder if Bob is ok. It wasn’t that long ago that somebody called him asking who would take over if he every retired, and he said he didn’t think of retiring, as he loved it too much. On his last episode, he really sounded tired, and his exit was so abrupt – after 30+ years, no pre-announcement or lead up? I really hope he just decided to relax a little and that everything is ok. His show will be missed.

  18. I have been listening since 1991. During those times when the market was in decline, it was your calm and reassuring confidence that kept me in the market and to not act out with emotion and sell. By following your road map to the “Land of Critical Mass” I was able to retire at 52. John Bogle and you are my investment heroes.
    Thank you for everything and the very best in life to you always.

  19. Thank you Bob for your advice over the years. I heard your first broadcast on Super Bowl Sunday in 1986. You have been a part of my weekends ever since. Best wishes on your future endeavors. You will be missed.

  20. Dear Bob – so sorry you will no longer be on the air. I have been listening to you for several years and follow your advice, with success, I might add. Best wishes to you, you deserve a break. I am a subscriber so will look forward to receiving the monthly letter.

  21. I was very saddened to hear of your departure from the airways. I’ve been a long time listener (20+ years). Thanks for all of the good advice you’ve dispensed over your 32 years on the air. Best of everything in your semi-retirement years. You’ve certainly earned it. Good Bye and Good Luck.

  22. I was on my way to the hospital with my wife to have our second daughter and Bob came on KGO radio station in San Francisco at 1pm 01/26/1986. I have listened to him since then!
    I will miss listening to you on the radio! Thank you for everything I learned from you.

  23. I suppose I must have learned something listening to the show in Boston’s WRKO. It stopped being broadcast a few years ago on WRKO. Bob taught me to differentiate different sectors of industry having different PEs. Like many of us the stock Bob missed out on was Amazon. Bob convinced me he was right about the high pe at that time being overvalued for a retailer. I didn’t understand amazon and neither did Bob. Still enjoyed the show though and listened.

  24. Thanks for all you’ve done Bob. I don’t know how many years I’ve listened, but it’s been many. I think I’m trying to sign in too late, because I was hoping that I could download your last many shows for my archives. Any way you can put them back up for awhile before the end of the month, so I can do so?. All the best to you Bob. I will continuew getting your newsletter. Thank you!

  25. Bob…there are no words. I ‘discovered’ you on the radio in the late 80’s while working in the garden and I have been a constant listener ever since. Your advice has helped me TREMENDOUSLY and I thank you. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  26. Mr. Brinker , I know you don’t like to be called that. But I have a great deal of respect for you, and like any teacher I had in high school or college. I always addressed them as MR. Bob, I do hope you enjoy your long and happy retirement. I am enjoying mine, by which I mean I am living the life in Hawaii. And it has a lot to do with you. THANK YOU !!!!!! aloha

  27. Bob has been a fantastic person and has helped many, many people. Man, he will be missed!

    I believe there is a spot to the right of Abe Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore.

  28. Longtime listener. You have helped me. Recall a broadcast some 15 years ago, during which you noted an impending problem. Next day, changed some major investments, and avoided a significant loss.

  29. So sorry to hear of Bob retiring. I started listening right about when I graduated from college and started working. January of 1989. Used to listen to Bob on the old KGO, when he was on Sat and Sun. I always found him to be most encouraging, educational and a class act. I found his message of how anyone could achieve “critical mass” to be truly empowering. He can’t be replaced. I was surprised with the suddenness of the announcement. I always thought that he’d announce it well in advance and give his listeners a chance to say thanks and good bye. I’ll really miss him but will continue to get the letter. Thanks for the memories Bob!

  30. 33 year run on radio says a lot. Time for family. Life goes by way too quick! Enjoy Bob and thanks for the many years of financial wisdom!

  31. I just lost my favorite radio show friend. So sorry Bob is leaving, but after 33 years, he deserves a rest. We will definitely miss him.

  32. Really going to be sad to see Bob leave the airwaves. My father turned me on to Bob’s show when I was just starting out on my own, and I learned so much from him. A bit of a surprise to hear that he is retiring, as I called in several times this year and got on with him. He seemed as interested and helpful as always. I hope all is well. God bless and best wishes Bob. Thanks for all of your guidance through the years.

  33. I listened for 31 years, learned so much, retired at 59 because of Bob’s advice and what I learned. Incredible talent. Thanks very much.

  34. Perhaps WW1 ought to hire Jane King, TV & Internet business reporter & CEO of LilaMax Media to host a Sunday Show, which like it was w/Brinker’s show, would go from 4-7PM ET, but would originate from her home in NYC & would also be in podcast form. The Show would be pre-recorded on Friday afternoons & the Podcasts would drop Friday Night/Saturday Morning.

  35. My 93 year old mother and I have listened to you since 1986. We will miss your wisdom and advice. Thanks for your great service. We will continue to get your newsletter and follow your advice. Enjoy your semi retirement.

  36. Bob:

    You’ve been a national treasure, helping tens of thousands to invest sensibly, on their own.

    It’s sad to think that Sunday afternoons won’t any longer be Money Talk.

    Thank you.

    Barry D. Wood, Washington, DC

  37. You have been my life financial blood for 26 years. Your genuine, honest, straight forward advice and fabulous interviews have been inspiration! I will miss you terribly, but am happy you have stayed with us so-o
    long because I am now able save and invest on my own and at 75 years old, am at critical mass!
    Long ago I saw you in person on your radio show. You have made a difference to the United States community. Many happy moments in the days and years ahead.
    Sincerely, Virginia Dobbins

    San Francisco

  38. Thanks Bob for your advice over the years. In the world of financial investment you are one of the Great Ones for the individual investor. Your Money Talk broadcasts and the “broadcast community” you created will be sorely missed, however we will look forward to continued newsletters and any alerts you send out. May God Bless you and your family!


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