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Bill Judd Wins Male Artist of the Year at Fan Awards

Three-time Fan Award winner Bill Judd knows what it’s like to hear the right song at the right time. Before becoming a leading singer and songwriter, Judd was traveling the globe as the frontman for a secular rock band. Caught up in a cycle of drugs and alcohol, Judd’ life was spiraling out of control.

“I’m like a kid in a candy store when I’m backstage and seeing all these artists,” Judd says of being backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House for the Fan Awards. “It’s like, man, I’ve been listening to their music for a long time, and I never thought I’d be in the same room or the same category with some of these people. It’s pretty crazy.”

Judd won his first Fan Award back in 2017. In 2021, in addition to winning “Male Artist of the Year,” Judd also took home “Song of the Year” honors. The fact that fans vote for this award makes it that much more special.

“It’s always great when you have your peers in the music industry recognize what you’re doing, but for me, when fans do it, they’re the ones that keep me going. They’re the ones coming to the shows and listening to the music.”

Jim Sherwood serves as chief creative, brand strategist, lead developer, meticulous project manager, and station collaborator for all Skyrocket Radio sites and projects.

Jim got his start in radio at WLSM in the small town of Louisville, MS in 1988. Since then he has worked on-air in all day parts and has held nearly every other station position at one time or another. Jim has worked for radio stations in several states and for iHeartMedia (Clear Channel Radio), CBS Radio, Cumulus Broadcasting and a few small locally-owned stations. He even hosted a morning show on an aircraft carrier for two years while in the Navy. Jim has a passion for radio history, music, gadgets and all kinds of geeky web stuff.

After 14 years at Clear Channel Radio, Jim left the industry in 2013 to devote full-time attention to his company, Mediagin Creative, a small freelance creative agency that develops WordPress websites as well as produces commercials for radio and TV. After being asked by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters to speak to a panel of small market station owners about the need for better websites, it became apparent that an easy to use and low-cost solution was needed to assist smaller markets in competing for online ad dollars. Skyrocket Radio was born.