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

This week features The Cooper Temple Clause' debut See This Through and Leave , because it's an energetic, brash, expulsion of angst and energy at a…

No Magic № 82 120 mins

It's chilly and wet in San Francisco — finally suggesting that we might have a change in season after all. With that in mind, I'm drawn…

No Magic № 81 120 mins

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No Magic № 80 120 mins

Good evening! This week's No Magic is recorded in advance, because it's Election Day here in the USA and though I can't vote, the show goes…

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