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



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It's the 50th episode of No Magic! And it's my birthday! Therefore, bordering on celebration, we'll be featuring the first record I ever heard in my life, and genre-transcending timeless classic — The Clash's London Calling. Read More →

Sleeper Hits


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This week we finally feature the record from which the No Magic title music was borrowed: Doves sophomore The Last Broadcast. Doves are a special band to me, partly because their records were great at a very musically formative time for me, and also because… Read More →

Antidote Anecdotes


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This week we feature Foals debut Antidotes. A huge record from my time living in London that I continue to love revisiting. Coming out of math-rock's crossover into charting popularity, Foals first album fused an effective balance of rhythmic complexity with an instinctive ear for… 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 →