More Motel 6 — Y2K edition

Twenty years ago, the Y2K Millenium bug weighed heavily on our collective minds. It seems so far away in 2019. The same year Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace arrived in theaters. “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s Running with Scissors album told the film’s story in great detail prior to the movie’s release. Al even mentions Y2K on the record (in “It’s All About the Pentiums,” if you were curious). The album received heavy airplay on The Dr. Demento Show that year—the only year I taped every single show off of the radio, commercials and everything. This recording came from one of my tapes.

Tom Bodett is in hilarious form here. Now that the threat of Y2K is looooooooooooooong since past (well, unless you have an older GPS, but that’s a different topic altogether). Without further ado, here’s my favorite radio commercial from that time of year. Watch it below:



“It makes sense to see the light at Motel 6…before it’s too late,” intones Tom Bodett in this Motel 6 radio spot from late 1999. It is certainly a relic of its time, so it is best to simply enjoy it for what it is. Nostalgia is truly is weird, isn’t it?

Motel 6 Commercials—Save a Buck

A little over a year ago, I wrote a piece for Tedium: the Dull Side of the Internet about Tom Bodett. You can read “Leavin’ the Light On” here. For that article, not only did I interview Tom Bodett, but I also did a deep dive into my radio show collection for the Bodett-voiced Motel 6 commercials I remembered hearing in my youth. Here is the first one.

Motel 6 — Save a Buck

In this spot, Tom tells us why a deer freezes when he sees headlights (“because he’s stupid”) and why you stop at Motel 6 when you see the light (“because you’re smart”). Enjoy this down-home slice of American advertising in glorious lo-fi below:

I’m always looking for new commercials to post to our YouTube channel and talk about over here, so stay tuned.