“I don’t know anything about blind people except they can’t see; and I sure don’t know anything about radio except how to turn one on and change the batteries. But if you think I can help, I’ll do it.” - MindsEye founder Fr. Boniface Wittenbrink, OMI

Who we serve

MindsEye serves people who cannot read the printed word.  Some listeners are totally blind. Others have low vision from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, trauma or glaucoma. There are listeners who can no longer turn the pages of a newspaper because they have had a stroke or have Parkinson’s disease. Still others are unable to read because of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. Anyone who cannot read a traditional newspaper because of a disability is eligible for service from MindsEye.

How we began

In the early 1970’s, there was no good way for blind people to get the contents of the newspaper. 

WMRY’s Talking Book was born in 1973 through a partnership of Oblates, Lions Clubs, other community organizations and many dedicated individuals. The region finally had a way to provide readings of newspapers and magazines to thousands of people who were blind. It was the third reading service of its kind in the world.

Our home at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

The Oblates have provided a home on the Shrine grounds for MindsEye since founding the organization in 1973. 

Situated on 200 wooded acres, the Shrine provides a quiet, peaceful place for people of all faiths to find healing and hope. With an award-winning restaurant and gift shop, hotel for out-of-town guests and miles of peaceful walking and biking areas, the Shrine provides a beautiful backdrop for the work of MindsEye’s volunteers. For more information about the Shrine, please go to www.snows.org.

Broadcast reach

MindsEye’s radio broadcasts reach a 75-mile radius around the south end of St. Louis City. The signal reaches as far west as Hermann, Missouri, as far north as Louisiana, Missouri, as far east as Centralia, Illinois, and as far south as Murphysboro, Illinois. 

Although broadcasts are mostly designed for individuals living within this radius, those outside of it hear MindsEye online from anywhere with Internet access. This is perfect for transplanted St. Louisans who want to keep up with the community, snowbirds away for the winter, people who don’t want to wait for their favorite show to be on, and people living in areas where there is no reading service.