Ben Ward

Technical Director · he/him


Ben serves as's Technical Director, and has been with the station 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 pretends toward.

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


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

Recent Shows

It's been a bit of a topsy-turvy few weeks. Last week's penultimate No Magic show had to be cancelled at the last minute because I contracted…

No Magic № 134 120 mins

This week on the show we're featuring the striking and excellent record of Nick Cave covers from Nell Smith — Where The Viaduct Looms . Made…

No Magic № 133 120 mins

Welcome to the final month of No Magic. Since we're running out of time, there's no point holding back on the classics, so this week we're…

No Magic № 132 120 mins

It's the end of June, everything still feels very summery, and in the interests of feeling that sunshine delight we're featuring Eels classic 2000 record Daisies…

No Magic № 131 120 mins

Blog Posts

That was 2021!

It's 2022! Raise a glass (or other appropriate drinking vessel of your preference) and look back on the music and audio highlights of 2021 at Read More →