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This Just In -- Blogging Got Me Interviewed On TV Today

Yesterday I had the unique opportunity to take a part in someone else's 15 minutes of fame.  Jay Markanich was scheduled to meet me in Cameron Station in Alexandria, VA to conduct a home inspection of a great condo that I have under contract for a buyer.

Jay called and asked if I could meet him there early because Fox News wanted to meet him there to interview him about Chinese Drywall issues.

I said sure and met Jay a few minutes before reporter Melanie Alnwick, her camera man, and her summer intern showed up on the spot.  While I love my time in front of the news camera, the video camera, or any camera, this time I got to watch and take some behind the scene snapshots, as Jay did a fantastic job on his interview.

Congratulations Jay!  Please read Jay's post below and watch the video on the important topic of Chinese Drywall.  Fortunately, Jay said that there's not a lot of issues (or any that's he heard of) with Chinese Drywall in Northern Virginia, but that it has been a concern in other parts of the state and in many other areas.

Here's some behind the scenes shots of Jay's FoxNews interview:

Jay Markanich interview

Jay Markanich interview

Jay Markanich interview

At 11:15 today my phone rings. It was a news reporter for Fox5 News here in Washington. She is doing a report on Chinese Drywall and ran across my blogs. She liked them enough to call me. "Can we meet somewhere for a taped interview? I want you to show me how you would go about checking for Chinese Drywall." She spoke with me for a while, I think to see if I could speak well without a teleprompter! Satisfied, we set up a visit for 1pm at my next inspection. It turns out that my next inspection was with AR's Brian Block. But we needed to meet an hour earlier than Brian and I had scheduled. Fortunately he was gracious enough to make this happen and the piece was taped. The taping took about 30 minutes. Of that they used about 40 seconds for the spot! I thought that was generous as I, for sure, was not the subject of the piece. The link to the reporter, her show, and this spot is here: But you are welcome to watch below. Enjoy! It is only 2 minutes, 40 seconds.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsBrian Block • June 22 2010 04:50PM


Oh that is so fortunate you were able to help to educate the public.

Posted by Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r (Watson Realty Corp.) almost 8 years ago

How fun.  Nice to see when two AR member are able to work together to make something happen.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Wow, two camera men in one place!  Interesting pictures Brian!  I look relaxed, so does the camera man, and Melanie, I thought, was very good.  She took notes the whole time.  That showed when they did the editing.  I am glad you were gracious enough to make this happen.

Thanks for the re-blog!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Great to see that this interview took place and that the public is becoming aware of the drywall issues!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

I saw the video on Jay's blog. What an awesome opportunity--great behind the scenes photos!

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Brian weren't you also on CNN last year or two years ago? Congratulations to you both. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) almost 8 years ago

Very cool.  Great opportunity for you.

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) almost 8 years ago

Wow, first Neil Cavuto, now this! You're on your way to becoming "the real estate guy on Fox."

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 8 years ago

That is so cool! I can't believe the reach blogging has. I also had no idea about "Chinese drywall". What a pain in the butt. I wonder why the Chinese drywall manufacturers aren't paying for this?

Posted by Jon Washburn almost 8 years ago