Who Is Tom Bodett?
Tom Bodett (born: Thomas Edward Bodett) is an American author, voice actor, and radio host. He has been the spokesman for the motel chain Motel 6 since 1986.
Bodett ends the commercials with the phrase, “I’m Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we’ll leave the light on for you.”He was also the spokesperson for Jamesway department stores in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and recorded radio commercials for it from 1993 to 1994. Jamesway filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the fall of 1995 and closed at the end of the year.
He hosted two radio programs, The End of the Road (1988 to 1990) and Bodett & Company (1993) as a radio broadcaster. He also started The Loose Leaf Book Company, a radio program that centered on author and book interviews, discussions, and dramatizations in 1999.
Bodett is a contributor to The Bob Edwards Show on XMPR and a member of the stable of panelists on Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, a National Public Radio news quiz show as of 2013. Bodett was interviewed as a guest on Episode 301 of Public Radio International’s Live Wire Radio in 2015.
He hosted the public television program Travels on America’s Historic Trails (1997), did the voice-over for “Mime Time” and the “Good Idea/Bad Idea” segments featuring Mr. Skullhead on Animaniacs, had a brief cameo in Pinky and the Brain, and narrated the direct-to-video Animaniacs movie Wakko’s Wish (1999). He was a regular columnist for the webzine Mr. Showbiz.
Tom Bodett Age
Thomas Edward Bodett was born on 23 February 1955 in Champaign, Illinois. He is 64 years old as of 2018. Bodett was raised in Sturgis, Michigan.
Is Tom Bodett Married?
Bodett was married to Debi Hochstetler from 1978 to 1992 and they together have one child. In 1997, he got married to Rita A. Ramirez with whom he has two children. He resided in Dummerston, Vermont as of 2013. He is also a member of the town’s board of selectmen.
Tom Bodett Motel 6
Bodett was building houses in Homer, Alaska, and contributing to NPR’s All Things Considered in 1896. He is a creative director at the Richards Group ad agency heard him on NPR and hired him to record a commercial for Motel 6.
He ad-libbed the famous line “We’ll leave the light on for you” and has been the chain’s spokesperson ever since. The director David Fowler hired him because he “sound[ed] like the kind of person who stays there.” Edward said he thought, “Gosh, if I only had an account for a national budget motel brand with a sense of humor and humility, I could make a heck of an advertising campaign with this guy.”
Motel 6 began using Bodett for their wake-up calls in 2005. The chain hoped to bring a more personal touch to people’s day by using their spokesperson’s voice. He was also featured on the first Motel 6 podcast, released for the holidays.
A new marketing campaign featuring Bodett’s voice premiered in November 2015, highlighted by TV and radio commercials touting the investment in and renovation of Motel 6 properties nationwide.
Tom Bodett’s Net Worth
The American author and voice actor has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Tom Bodett Books
As Far As You Can Go Without a Passport (1986)
Small Comforts (1987)
The End of the Road (1989)
The Big Garage on Clear Shot (1990)
The Free Fall of Webster Cummings (1996)
America’s Historic Trails (1997)
Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier (2004)