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

What Would You Like?


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This week's self-isolation lockdown home-studio episode features British Sea Power's brilliant third album, Do You Like Rock Music? And from that really comes a whole show of formative UK rock scene music from 2007/2008, memories of the SXSW and Great Escape festivals those years, and… Read More →

Live Lounge


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What a week, eh Jack? It's Tuesday!? For people stuck at home has been a little busy as we've been ordered to shelter in place in San Francisco, and that meant our studio is closed. Since then, we've deployed some new tech to enable… Read More →


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. Read More →