Ben Ward

Technical Director · he/him


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 Shows

And we're back! Belated happy new year to all; I hope you've kept as safe and healthy as can be under the circumstances , but also…

No Magic № 118 120 mins

It's the end of the year, can you believe? Perhaps you can. I can't. Anyway, as is the style of the time, we're playing a whole…

No Magic № 117 120 mins

The penultimate new show of the year, we play some tracks from the Amnesiac side of Radiohead 's KID A MNESIA reissue – we featured Kid…

No Magic № 116 120 mins

This week we're featuring the new record Unity from British two-piece The KVB.

No Magic № 115 120 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 →