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Gerald "Jerry" Bowyer (born 1962) is an American radio and broadcasting host who also been extensively involved in public affairs, political writing, and investment activities.

Early career

Bowyer, an accountant, began what his biography calls his "first professional position" in 1990 at Arthur Andersen, then one of the six largest accounting firms in the United States. He left the firm in 1993 to work briefly as the vice president of the Beechwood Company, the holding company for the mutual fund company Federated Investors.

Media

Radio hosting

Bowyer started in broadcast media in 1993 as the host of WPIT-FMmarker’s Cross-Town Perspectives program. Beginning in October 1999, he hosted The Jerry Bowyer Program on WPTT radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker, a live 3-hour program focusing on business, politics and current events. He left WPTT in July 2005.

Beginning in September 2005, Bowyer was the host on an afternoon show on Christian talk radio station WORD-FM in Pittsburgh. He left in February 2006 after suffering chest pains after cross-country skiing. Bowyer posted a message to listeners citing an ongoing stress-related illness and the need to scale back.

Television hosting

Bowyer has hosted religious broadcaster Cornerstone TeleVision’s syndicated program Focus on the Issues since 1993.

He hosts Pennsylvania Newsmakers, a public affairs television program that airs through much of Pennsylvania.

Bowyer is also host of WorldView, a Sunday-morning political talk show that is syndicated on approximately 2 dozen TV stations. In his bio, Bowyer mentions interviews done for the show that include those of Vice President Dick Cheney; Lynne Cheney, the Vice President’s wife; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Presidential advisor Karl Rove; former Attorney General Edwin Meese; and publisher and former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes.

Public affairs and political writing

Allegheny Institute

In 1993, Bowyer was the founding president of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. The institute's "political arm" was the Allegheny Institute Taxpayer Coalition.. In January 1997, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported that the "views of [Bowyer's] conservative think tank, the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, were informally adopted last year by the newly elected Republican county commission majority."

The institute was launched by Richard Mellon Scaife and has been funded in large part by the various Scaife foundations; of the $3.8 million in grants to the Institute between 1995 and 2005, more than $3.5 million came from four of those foundations.

Bowyer resigned as head of the institute in early 2001 to spend more time with his radio and television activities. He was succeeded by Jake Haulk, PhD, a long-time employee of the institute.

Writings

Bowyer is the author of The Bush Boom: How a Misunderestimated President Fixed a Broken Economy, published by Allegiance Press in October 2003.He is a contributing editor to The New York Sun and Human Events.

Business interests

Bowyer was chairman of the board of Impact Total Return Portfolio, a mutual fund. (also known as "IMPACT Management Investment Trust"). He is an economic advisor to Independence Portfolio Partners and is a member of the investment committee of Blue Vase Capital Management. He was also a director of Gundaker/Jordan American Holdings, a financial services company, from May 2001 until late 2002.

Bowyer is the founder and chairman of Newsmakers Leadership Group,"a research and media company targeted at leaders", and its research and consulting arm, Verity Research & Media. Verity produces the Pennsylvania Newsmakers show, has a quarterly economic and financial consulting conference call (paid subscription), and does other research and media work. He is also the chairman of Bowyer Media, a company specializing in radio and television production, print and internet publishing and economic analysis.

Personal

Bowyer graduated from Robert Morris Universitymarker. He lives in Boston, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Susan. The two have home-schooled their seven children.

In the early 1990s, Bowyer was the executive director of the National Reform Association, an organization with close ties to the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America,[513766][513767]. He called for creation of a "theocracy" in America: "Christocracy, the rule of Christ over the nation," he called it once, according to a 1999 Washington Post article.. Bowyer changed his position on religion and state in the mid 90s and frequently asserted his disagreements with the religious right and agreements with the position of the founding fathers on his radio program.

Bowyer currently has a blog at crosswalk.com, a "Christ-centered, for-profit corporation", and is an Anglican Vestryman.

Terrorism and universal healthcare

Bowyer argues that healthcare systems that are state-run tend to have lower pay scales for physicians which create doctor shortages. These systems import large numbers of foreign doctors increasing the vulnerability to infiltration by terrorist cells. Appearing in a Fox News interview, titled "National Healthcare: Breeding ground for terrorism?" Bowyer stated "If we go with the British style or German style system... we're going to have bureaucracies who're going to find it hard to shield themselves from terrorists."

References

  1. Jerry Bowyer, "Symposium on A Christian Political Party", Christian Statesman magazine (National Reform Association), September-October 1991 issue, accessed July 7, 2007
  2. Bowyer's biography (Microsoft Word document), accessed July 6, 2007
  3. "WORD host Jerry Bowyer on indefinite leave", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 8, 2006
  4. "Jerry BowyerAfternoons 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.", WPTT website, accessed July 6, 2007
  5. Annie O'Neill, "The Regional Asset District board's 6-1 approval of Plan B pleases County Commissioner Bob Cranmer and Mayor Murphy", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 10, 1998, accessed July 6, 2007
  6. Dan Fitzpatrick, "Allegheny County: a poster child for privatization? Jerry Bowyer has the ear of Republican commissioners", Pittsburgh Business Times, January 3, 1997
  7. "Allegheny Institute for Public Policy - Recipient grants", mediatransparency.org, accessed July 6, 2007; Scaife foundations are listed here
  8. Message from the President (pdf), Policy Brief, Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, March 20, 2001
  9. The Bush Boom: How a Misunderestimated President Fixed a Broken Economy, ISBN 978-1594670879
  10. Jerry Bower, "The Gospel According to Saint Marx: The catechism of taxation, and how the Left misuses it", National Review Online, November 6, 2006
  11. Gundaker/Jordan American Holdings Inc SEC filing, form PRE 14A dated 7/23/02
  12. "About Blue Vase Capital Management", accessed July 6, 2007
  13. Gundaker/Jordan American Holdings Inc SEC filing, form PRER14A dated 9/17/01
  14. Gundaker/Jordan American Holdings Inc SEC filing, form 10KSB, for the period ending 12/31/02
  15. Jerry Bower, "Mary and the Wise Guy", Orthodoxy Today, July 3, 2007
  16. "Record Breaking, or Broken Record?", Jerry Bowyer, National Review Online, February 13, 2003
  17. Jerry Bowyer Profile, at CNBC.com, accessed January 10, 2008
  18. Ira Chinoy and Robert G. Kaiser, "Decades of Contributions to Conservatism", Washington Post, May 2, 1999
  19. Crosswalk.com, "About Us", accessed July 6, 2007
  20. Some of the experts at Fox News [sic] say that that assessment is not the least bit crazy. crooksandliars.com, "Universal Healthcare: Terrorist Recruitment Tool", July 6th, 2007


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