American Hostage

Amazon Music | Criminal Content | Wondery

Based on a true story, American Hostage stars Jon Hamm as Fred Heckman, a beloved local radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program. Kiritsis has tied a shotgun to his banker’s neck in grim fashion, but through Heckman's radio show he gradually becomes a media sensation and unexpected anti-hero during a nail biting 63-hour standoff.

American Hostage is an 8-episode scripted psychological thriller from Amazon Music & Criminal Content starring Emmy Award-winner Jon Hamm and directed by Academy Award® winner Shawn Christensen.

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Our Editor's Take

Listeners looking for a true crime story with a dramatic twist will love this podcast. American Hostage is the tragic true podcast story of unlikely events that changed lives forever. When radio reporter Fred Heckman answered a phone call one day, his life changed forever. American Hostage takes a unique look at the story of a local radio reporter and his involvement with a hostage taker.

What starts as a man's demand for an interview on Fred Heckman's radio show turns into something else. A call becomes a dark, life-or-death scenario for Tony Kiritsis's hostage in a few minutes. Whatever Heckman does, says, or thinks could determine the hostage's fate.

The unique thing about this podcast? It's based on a true story and illustrates true events. But it's not told in an interview or reported format. Instead, this eight-part series unfolds like a suspense-filled thriller.

American Hostage takes listeners through a gripping ride with each episode. Audiences will unwind the complicated tale of this 60-hour standoff. They'll learn more about Kiritsis and his motivation. They'll grapple with empathy. They'll sit on the edge of their seats as the true plot thickens. They'll learn that circumstances aren't always what they seem.

Above all, they'll dive into a compelling take on a true story. Fred Heckman learned the hard way never to become the story. Now, listeners can understand what led to the phone call that changed everything.

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