By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew
Keith Wilson and a group of believers in Wintersville, Ohio, decided six months ago to make a positive impact on the Internet. The end result of their collaboration – Praise His Name.
“The Internet is full of bad stuff, things we don’t want our children and grandchildren to hear,” said Wilson, who serves as chair of PHN. “This is a way to combat the bad stuff and place wholesome content that people can listen to anytime of the day.”
Founded in October 2011, PHN (www.praisehisname.net) is a Christian based website featuring music, comedy, devotionals,
meditations, scripture lessons, and sermons. The site boasts visitors from 45 states in the union, nine countries.
“In the beginning, viewers were concentrated in Northern Ohio and Chicago, and then it started to go everywhere – including California and Texas,” he said.
The PHN “Links” page includes church, organization, and indie Christian musicians and singers listings.
To hear sermons, viewers must clink on the churches’ websites on the “Links” page.
Wilson said a benefit of listening to music on PHN is that since the site is stockpiled with MP3s, listeners can hear the song from beginning to end. The user is to click on the “Praise His Name Media Player” to gain access to music selections. Featured artists include Beth Champion Mason, MARK 209, and The Chrisagis Brothers.
In addition, Wilson said, PHN is a good avenue for indie artists to gain exposure. An added bonus of the site is the PHN Music Video of Week.
“All music selections are originally written and performed by the artists,” he said.
Christian comedians and troupes such as Ken Davis, the Sheep Laughs Comedy Show, and Brother Billy Bob Bohannon also have a place on the PHN. The individuals place their unique take on the spiritual walk. Wilson said each submission for a Christian comedic appearance on PHN is carefully screened.
Furthermore, Christian movie happenings are provided via Christian Film News (www.christianfilmnews.com) and Christian news through Inside The Pew (www.insidethepew.net). These links are displayed in the news ticker on the front page.
As of press time, Wilson estimates the site averages 500 visitors per month. In addition, he said he is working on obtaining PHN’s 501 (c) 3 status.
“The site was created by tons of friends who were faithful like I am,” Wilson said. “We wanted a broad range of people to give us input as to what we want to hear. We are pleased with the progress, but we have a long way to go. There are many things that we want to do. Start small and slow and build into bigger and better things.”