PEGASYS board members voted Tuesday to uphold the suspension of a program produced for the public-access television station by a controversial self-described healer.
Board members determined Tammy Kennedy’s program, 'Red Fuzion,' had commercial content and could not be broadcast. Their vote came following a review of the program and discussion of an appeal Kennedy filed over her suspension.
This is Kennedy’s second suspension of a program. If she receives a third suspension, the PEGASYS board could suspend her permanently.
Kennedy also is involved in a legal battle with Oklahoma chiropractors over her healing process, which they say is practicing chiropractic procedures without a license.
Kennedy was not present at the PEGASYS meeting because she was meeting with her attorney preparing for a court hearing that eventually was postponed until 10 a.m. Monday in Garfield County District Court.
An assistant attorney general representing Oklahoma State Board of Chiropractic Examiners is requesting the court shut down Kennedy’s business — Nerve Signal Interference Removal Technologies School of Alternative Healing — on grounds she is practicing chiropractic services without a state license.
An Oklahoma City attorney representing Kennedy has filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the request on grounds the chiropractic board is vague in its definition of chiropractic services and procedures.
Kennedy’s mother, Yvonne Kennedy, attended the PEGASYS meeting and read a prepared statement from Tammy Kennedy asking the board to postpone its vote until next month’s meeting because she could not be present.
The board already had postponed a decision during its February meeting because new board members had not reviewed the video.
A motion to table the decision until the next meeting was defeated 7-4 in a roll call vote. The motion to deny Kennedy’s appeal was approved unanimously.
In her statement, Kennedy presented information she said shows she is the victim of politics.
Kennedy accused 'corrupt' city officials with starting the process against her.
'I’m being punished on a daily basis, because politics is what it is,' she said.
In other business, the board discussed the proposed 2004-05 budget, anticipating another 5 percent cut by the city.
Executive Director Wendy Quarles told the board where cuts would be made to meet the budget. She also talked about tentative plans to raise $13,500 with a fund-raising project.
Staff writer Scott Fitzgerald contributed to this story.