Ben Ward


Ben presents No Magic on Tuesday evenings, and has been with since 2014.

A ten-year transplant to San Francisco from his native UK, he grew up listening to BBC Radio legends like Steve Lamacq, Jo Wiley, Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley, John Peel, and Dave Pearce. They gave him a sense of how to do radio with a certain style and class that he one day only hopes to achieve.

Before No Magic, Ben co-hosted Eclectic Kettle, and he has appeared on episodes of 1.21 Gigawatts, Hello Sunshine, The Long Lunchbreak (twice), and Radical Advice.

In addition to DJ'ing, Ben serves as's Technical Director.


“This isn't about looking good. This isn't about making people like you. Remember why we're here: No magic. Just music.”

Recent Broadcasts

There's Always Tomorrow


It's been a bit of a time, in San Francisco. What with blocking out the sun, and then the horrendous smoke, on top of …everything else. But today the cloud literally lifted and we got to go outside again, wearing only one mask. It was… Read More →

Smoke Croak


This week we're featuring the genre-bending and weird Stainless Style from Neon Neon, the collaboration between Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys.“We wanted the tracks to sound like a new version of something familiar but also hit hard on a sound system, so it was a… Read More →