Tracy Sheridan distinguishes herself as a fascinating entrepreneur in the world of podcasts with her creation of Waxxi: a live scheduled podcast in which people can participate via telephone or computer. I really like the idea because it's yet another tool that pushes listeners out of their normal role as solely listeners and makes them active contributers by joining the conversation. Shel Israel and Robert Scoble, the authors of Naked Conversations, were guests on its inaugural podcast on May 20,2006 at 10:30 AM PST. Even Jimmy Wales, the creative mind behind Wikipedia, is scheduled to be a future guest on the program. While this live podcast is taking place, Waxxi will also have a simultaneous chat/IM running with the podcast. With up to 500 participants taking part in the podcast, it might be difficult to get a chance to ask all your questions, but it's certainly allows you to become involved.
It's easy to participate. Just visit the Waxxi homepage and you'll receive a participation code and a tool free number. Waxxi is definitely something worth keeping an eye on for I believe it is yet another way for the consumer to get involved -- much like blogging has been over the past year.