Ben Ward

Technical Director


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

The calendar ticked over and we're here in 2021. A new dawn, birds are singing, our averted coup count has reset to… oh, wait, time is…

No Magic № 88 120 mins

It's a busy start to the new year so we're going to re-run our best of 2020 while preparing for Year 3 of No Magic. There…

No Magic № 87 120 mins

It's the end of the year as we know it, and if we feel anything at all at this point, it's barely “fine”. And yet. “And…

No Magic № 87 120 mins

Did you know that Christmas Day is actually the 300th day of March? Our silly little “time is meaningless” meme has a major milestone to coincide…

No Magic № 86 120 mins

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