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Since he was 8 years old, Stephen Mosely has wanted to work in radio.

"Now I'm over 60 years old and I'm just as excited as I was when I was 8," he said Thursday afternoon.

Now he's executive director of The Breeze, a public radio station that operates out of a tiny 900-square foot building in downtown Port Arthur.
     
"(Our radio station) is a system of checks and balances for our leadership," Mosely said.

The Breeze's outspoken opinions on local government got it evicted from its former location at City Hall back in 2008 when it broadcast through 107.1 FM. Today it broadcasts through 96.9 FM, but only in a 3.5 mile radius of the station.

"The public was indicating that they wanted more from this radio station that we couldn't provide with the limited funding that was available," said Mosely.
     
So he and a few others gathered almost 3,000 petition signatures that would put a proposition on the May 2013 ballot. If approved by voters - the Economic Development Corporation would fund up to $400,000 per year in taxpayer money -- to entertainment-related projects, projects like the new 4,000 square foot radio station The Breeze has in mind. The proposal has opposition in the city council.

"The EDC was created to develop the economy and provide jobs... that's what tax dollars are for, tax dollars are not to fund entertainment," Port Arthur City Councilman Bob Williamson told 12 News HD.
     
But Mosely has faith in his station's listeners.
     
"They're upset, and I think that's why there was so much participation in the signatures. I mean can you imagine 3,000 people signing?" he said.

The petition must be verified by the Port Arthur city secretary before it could make it on the May ballot. If passed by voters, all entertainment projects would have to be approved by the EDC's board of directors and the city council, a council that has not historically been a fan of The Breeze.  

 

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