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Thomas Edward "Tom" Bodett (pron.: // boh-DET; (born February 23, 1955) is an American author, voice actor, and radio host. As of 2013[update], he is the spokesman for the hotel chain Motel 6, whose commercials end with the phrase, "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for ya."
Personal background 
Thomas Edward "Tom" Bodett was born on February 23, 1955, in Champaign, Illinois and raised in Sturgis, Michigan. As of 2013[update], he resides in Dummerston, Vermont, where he is a member of the town's Selectboard.
- Motel 6
In 1986, Bodett was both building houses in Homer, Alaska and contributing content to NPR's All Things Considered show. A creative director at the Richards Group ad agency heard him on NPR and hired him to record a commercial for Motel 6. Bodett ad-libbed the famous line "We'll leave the light on for you" and has been the spokesperson for the chain ever since then. The director, David Fowler, hired him because he "sound[ed] like the kind of person who stays there." 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."
In 2005, Motel 6 began using Bodett for their wake-up calls. The chain hoped to bring a more personal touch to people's day by using their spokesperson's voice. Bodett was also featured on the first Motel 6 podcast, released for the holidays.
Media appearances 
He was featured in the animated series Animaniacs as the announcer for the segments "Mime Time" and "Good Idea, Bad Idea."
His work in Animaniacs was spoofed in an episode of Pinky and the Brain where the titular mice attempt to raid a sound studio at the same time Tom is recording a "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segment.
As a broadcaster, Bodett hosted two radio programs, The End of the Road from 1988 to 1990 and Bodett & Company in 1993.
Bodett was a regular columnist for the webzine Mr. Showbiz. He also did the voiceover for "Mime Time" and the "Good Idea/Bad Idea" segments featuring Mr. Skullhead on Animaniacs and a brief cameo in Pinky and The Brain as well as narrating the 1999 direct to video Animaniacs movie Wakko's Wish.
In 1999, Bodett started The Loose Leaf Book Company, a radio program that centered on author and book interviews, discussions, and dramatizations. He also published his first children's book, titled Williwaw!
Published works 
- As Far As You Can Go Without a Passport 1986, ISBN 0-201-10661-2
- Small Comforts 1987, ISBN 0-201-13417-9
- The End of the Road 1989, ISBN 0-688-08701-9
- The Big Garage on Clearshot 1990, ISBN 0-688-09525-9
- The Free Fall of Webster Cummings 1996, ISBN 0-7868-6209-2
- America's Historic Trails 1997, ISBN 0-912333-00-6
- Williwaw! 2000, ISBN 0-375-80687-3
- Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier 2004, ISBN 0-679-89031-9
- Williams, Kimberly D. "Actually, you can get the light", Advertising Age 78, no. 35 (September 03, 2007): 8-8.
- Jayne Clark. "This is a new recording: Souped-up wake-up calls", USA Today, 30 December 2005.
- Stump, Julia, and Bette-Lee Fox. "Video reviews", Library Journal 122, no. 19 (November 15, 1997): 87.
- Maughan, Shannon. "Bodett Brings Kids' Books to the Airwaves", Publishers Weekly 246, no. 51 (December 20, 1999): 29.