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.


Opened with guitars & ended in things that bleep; new music in the fine tradition of British evening sessions.

  • Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm

“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


Parboiled Kettle: Ben's 5 for 2018

Ben Ward — half of Eclectic Kettle — compiles his records of the year. A delightful mix of indie pop, dance, and the ear bleedingly avant-garde.

Parboiled Kettle: Ben's 5 for 2017

Wrapping up 2017 from half of Eclectic Kettle, Ben talks Kelly Lee Owens, Destroyer, Sufjan Stevens, Los Camp! and really doesn't give much credence to the “top 5” concept.

Parboiled Kettle: Ben's 5 for 2016

Once again in the turn of the new year, I get to distill the thousand pieces of music we played in 2016 down to just five records.

Parboiled Kettle: Ben's 5 for 2015

In 2015 we played 1,112 pieces of music on Eclectic Kettle. It's a tremendous quantity of great music to distill into just 5 for the year.