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

Dropped Cards


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This week's show features the incredible new Hether Blether from Orkadian musician Erland Cooper, completing a triology of records written about his home islands. Athmospheric, and bare, transquil, peaceful, and with an overriding sense of “home”, no matter where that might be for… Read More →

To Your Good Health


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This week we're featuring Maxïmo Park's 2012 record The National Health, which seemed somewhat fitting given its gesture at social ills and our current pandemic disaster. Also this week, the stunning first cut from Max Richter's United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights commission Voices. Read More →

Summer Patio #1


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No guest or featured album this week. Just a packed playlist of things that matched my mood on a warm evening summers day in locked-down San Francisco. A little bit of a moment out, in an urgent busy time. 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 →