News Blues initially reported that Dorman was scheduled to begin at KTLA December 13.
Apparently, the deal's off. Insiders say KTAL News Director Willie Walker had second thoughts. In a Nov. 30 email to staff, she announced: "Please welcome some new folks to the NBC 6 News team. Brian Dorman and Josh Marcisz join us Monday, December 13, 2010. Brian will anchor our morning news and produce stories for evening newscasts and the web".But Dorman had told Eli Yokley of The Fuse Joplin that it was not his decision to leave KODE and when News Blues reported that, it apparently did not sit well with KTLA officials.
But, when Dorman arrived at the station in Shreveport last week, dragging his U-Haul, he was reportedly told by General Manager Mark Cummings that a mistake had been made. We suspect something was up long before Dorman even set foot in Louisiana.
Within hours after we posted the story of Dorman's hire last week, he wrote to us, saying: "This is causing me problems at my new place in Shreveport. I was not fired in Joplin. My contract was up, and I did not resign."
Dorman gives his version of his departure and his time at KODE on the online resume service TVJobs.com:
I served as our solo main anchor at KODE-TV the #2 station in Joplin Missouri. I anchored weekdays @ 5, 6, & 10 p.m.
We made some incredible changes in our format, pacing and style. We had an action themed format with little chit-chat, lots of news content, few pkgs and 9 minute A blocks. Over the course of the two years I worked there our team we went from a weak number three station to a solid number two in every show.
I introduced KODE/KSNF to Facebook & Twitter. We grew to consider ourselves to be a mutli-media station. We used social networking on a daily bases to drive our website and interact with our viewers.
There were some challenges working in a market that size, it was also my first experience with a share market agreement, which could be tough from time to time. We also covered four states. It taught me to stay quick on my toes and be prepared for just about anything. Knowing state laws and the political atmosphere in four states meant lots of late night reading on the latest going on. It was a great experience working with reporters just out of college. It really taught me the importance of working and learning as a team.
The management team wanted to continue to grow and try new and different things. They decided this month when my contract expired to go in a different direction. I have had several opportunities to work as a multi-media journalist and weekend anchor in larger cities. I'm still searching for the right fit, I'm tired of moving from city to city. In my next opportunity I want to dedicate myself in working there for several years-so I'm holding out for the best move!