Maxwell-Gunter family featured on HGTV's House Hunters
By Tech. Sgt. Scott Moorman, Air University Public Affairs
/ Published August 24, 2006
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AETCNS) -- One Maxwell family got the opportunity to see what it is like to be in front of the TV camera, as a television producer and camera crew documented their search for a residence in the Montgomery area for the Home and Garden Television network's "House Hunters" series.
Senior Master Sgt. Greg Day, Air Force First Sergeant Academy instructor here, his wife Diane and their two children, Mary Jo and Jacob, were visited by Pie Town Productions Feb. 9 at their temporary living facility in Maxwell-Gunter billeting.
The show follows home buyers all over the world to see what real estate is like in other areas, said Susan Browning, show producer.
The Day family came to Maxwell-Gunter from Monterey, Calif., in a permanent change of station move.
Prior to the move, Sergeant Day's wife convinced him to send an application to the cable TV show.
Ms. Day said she didn't think they stood a chance to be selected for the show. However, the Day family was contacted by House Hunter staff in January to let them know they had been chosen for the reality series.
"People want to know more about our military and how they live and what is offered to them," said Ms. Browning.
The Days said they have always been big fans of HGTV's House Hunters.
"We love the show," said Ms. Day. "We've watched it for years."
A camera crew met the Days at 9:30 a.m. and filmed them as they toured around the base. They made stops at the base library, air park and commissary; and had lunch at the base exchange. The crew wrapped the one-day shoot at 4:30 p.m.
Having the camera crew follow them around was a little nerve-racking and surreal, but fun, said Ms. Day.
Show producers plan to revisit the Day family in the next few months to follow-up on the purchase of their new home. Until then, the Day family says they have some painting and other home improvements to do when the camera crews are back to finish filming.
"House Hunters" does not assist people cast in the show with the purchase of their home, according to Ms. Browning.
"We are here to observe and document," she said.
The "House Hunters" episode featuring the Days is scheduled to air sometime this fall.