A SARASOTA COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE RULED EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT FORMER SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF BILL BALKWILL INTENTIONALLY DELETED MORE THAN 11,000 FILES AND EMAILS ON HIS COMPUTER BEFORE TURNING IT OVER FOR EVIDENCE IN A LAWSUIT AGAINST HIM. 12TH CIRCUIT JUDGE ROBERT BENNETT WROTE THAT BALKWILL WAS ORDERED BY HIM NOT TO TAMPER WITH THE COMPUTER AFTER HE RETIRED FROM OFFICE TWO YEARS AGO, BUT BALKWILL KEPT IT AND HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH GRAND THEFT. BALKWILL HAS ADMITTED TO ERASING PUBLIC EMAILS, SAYING THEY WERE CONFIDENTIAL AND RELATED TO HOMELAND SECURITY, BUT HE SAYS HE DID NOT DELETE INFORMATION RELATING TO JAIL CONTRACTS. PRISON HEALTH SERVICES HAS SUED BALKWILL AND ARMOR HEALTH SERVICES, WHO WON THE $9 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT TO TAKE CARE OF THE JAIL, CLAIMING BALKWILL WENT TO DINNER AND WENT ON TRIPS TOTALLING ABOUT $1500 DOLLARS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ARMOR BACK IN 2007. IRONICALLY, BALKWILL AWARDED THE CONTRACT TO ARMOR ON THE DAY HE ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. PRISON HEALTH SERVICES IS ASKING THAT THE CONTRACT BE VOIDED WITH ARMOR. IF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FINDS BALKWILL AT FAULT, HE COULD FACE MORE CRIMINAL CHARGES.
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.