Chris Malone

Quite possibly the best voice you will hear all day, that’s because when you hear Chris Malone weekdays from 3pm to 7pm, your workday should be about done.  Chris keeps your favorite music going strong as you head down the home stretch.  Keep 98.5 KTK with you in the car, as hitting the rush hour adds stress; Chris keeps you cool with an hour of commercial-free music starting just before 5pm!
Posts from August 2013


Many Qualify For Student Loand Forgiveness But Never Explore It
I can remember when I sent the last payment to Sallie Mae and basking in the glow of FINALLY paying off my student loans!  Fortunately my school was too expensive (or prestigious) as many friends of mine who are saddled with $40,000+ in education loans that must be repaid within 10 years.  I stumbled across this article about student loan forgiveness and that nearly 33 millions of Americans could be eligible but do not take advantage of several forgiveness programs!  Teachers, soldiers, firefighters, policeman, doctors and nurses could potentially be missing out on the government paying off their loans.  Read the article by clicking here.

have a great Labor day weekend!
-Chris Malone
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Mother's Diet Can Help Child Enjoy A Diverse Diet
 I read this blog post from Kimi Davis and thought it made much sense in how your child can develop a palate to eating a diverse group of foods.  In short, it found that what a mother eats in her pregnancy and while breastfeeding can greatly impact if your child is a picky eater or not.  Read about it by clicking here.
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Social Media Can Change Your Credit Score
Even as I grow older, and supposedly wiser, I can not tell you how my FICO credit score is truly determined.  I know it is based on my payment history, number of accounts and debt but as I check my score month to month it goes up and down and differs from once reporting agency to another.  Now there is a growing trend of credit companies using your social media accounts to determine your credit worthiness!  Yes, the people you interact with on Facebook and twitter could possibly impact your FICO score!  And it isn't just those sites, Amazon, EBay and other online shopping pages are being used my a few companies to determine if they want to lend you credit or not!

Read the entire story from CNN by clicking here!
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Starke Elementary Student Class Locations
With Starke Elementary School closed due to mold, the Bradford County School Board has released a revised list of schools students will attend until the mold is removed starting September 3rd.

Pre-K
Madison Street Baptist Church, 900 W. Madison St. (904) 966-6896. This is for both Starke Elementary School and Southside Elementary School starting Wednesday.

Kindergarten
Southside Elementary School, 823 Stansbury St. (904) 966-6061.

First Grade
Lawtey Elementary School, 22703 N. Park St. (904) 966-6795.

Second Grade
Lawtey Elementary School, 22703 N. Park St. (904) 966-6795.

Third Grade
Bradford County School District, 501 W. Washington St. Starke, (904) 966-6800.

Fourth Grade
Southside Elementary School, 823 Stansbury St. Starke (904) 966-6061.

Fifth Grade
Santa Fe College Stump Building, 520 W. Pratt St., Starke (904) 964-2763..
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7 Veggies To Plant In Your Fall Garden
The kids are back in school and the college football season starts this weekend.  Although the weather doesn't yet reflect it, autumn is on the way!  Time to think about your fall vegetable garden that includes onions, radishes and lettuce.  Click here for a professional's guide to fall gardening.

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Eco Friendly Cat Litter
Not one of the classiest post ever but an important subject to talk about.  Clay cat litter is not a big friend of the environment and potentially bad for your cat's health.  It is generally stripped mined used clumping clay cat litter never biodegrades in the landfill.  Clay litter contains silica, which is a known carcinogen when inhaled.  Clumping clay litter contains sodium bentonite which expands to 15 times its volume and forms an insoluble mass when it contacts liquid. It does the same thing when cats ingest it as they groom themselves after using the litter box.

So here's a look at green cat litter.  The pros and cons:

What are green litters?
Green cat litters are made using natural ingredients, such as pine sawdust, cedar sawdust, corncob litter, wheat husks and silica gel pearls or crystals. There are even litters made using recycled paper, such as Yesterday's News cat litter.

While eco-friendly kitty litters are nicer to the environment, not all of them are an ideal choice for your pet, according to Dr. Justine Lee, chief veterinarian and pet expert for Wayfair. Some of them are less dusty, while others simply contain fewer chemicals — but you might have to try several brands and types to find which one fits your lifestyle.

All about kitty
Before you make the jump to a new product, remember that your cat might not be as excited as you are about the switch. And if your cat doesn't like the litter, he might end up urinating somewhere else in the house instead.

Ready to give it a try anyway? Lee recommends doing it gradually. "Cats do not tolerate sudden changes as they are creatures of habit," she says.

Keep in mind that many green litters (like newspaper and sawdust) don't clump, so you'll have to replace the litter more often, which can get expensive. If you buy a litter that does not absorb moisture well and the bottom of the tray stays wet and foul, your cat is less likely to go in frequently, according to Lee. "Cats that go into the litter box less often are more likely to develop signs of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)," Lee says. The answer? Keep your eyes open when switching litters to make sure things go smoothly.

What's that smell?
For all the good things about green cat litters, there's one thing you won't get from them... great odor control. That's because the odor control in most cat litter comes from the addition of synthetic chemicals that eco-friendly litters don't have.

The solution? Scoop daily. If you have several cats, multiple litter boxes might be the answer — so the litter stays clean for longer. You can also add some baking soda to the litter box to help absorb the odor. Some green litters, like those made from pine, have a natural scent that will help mask other odors and make them a better choice if odor control is really important to you.
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Thank You From Malone's Miracle Money Makers
Thank you all who dined at IHOP's in Gainesville and Ocala Saturday! 10% of your bill will be donated to Chris Malone's Miracle Money Makers for the 2013 Radiothon for Kids! Here is a snapshot of what happened at the S. Pine Ave IHOP in Ocala.


Joan and her staff at the IHOP on S. Pine Ave welcomed 98.5 KTK with open arms! They were excited for the day to begin!



My Team's Co-Captain, Caitlyn Dunning, was hosting the event at the SR 200 IHOP in Ocala.



IHOP was filling up fast as customers happily ordered breakfast. I suggested that since 10% of their bill was going to help CMN kids to order extra...like an extra side of bacon!



It's so nice to see kids donating money to CMN! In exchange, they were able to fill a balloon to show their pride in helping other kids!



Overall it was a great event for us all. A special thank you to IHOP Restaurants, who made today possible. I like to think that we all have given a little cash and a a lot of hope to the hundreds of children and their families of Shands patients, kids currently at the hospital and those we have lost. I sincerely thank you all for participating! It means so much to me!
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Skin Cancer Deadlier For Men Than Women
A report shows that men are 70 percent more likely to die from malignant melanoma , the most serious type of skin cancer, than women. This despite that the incidence of diagnosis is roughly the same for men and women, 17.2 men compared to 17.3 women per 100,000. So it's not that men get skin cancer more often than women, but that they die from it more often. Why?  Click here for the story.
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Should A Marriage Be Like A Lease?
Thankfully most of my voice is back!  Thank you all so much for your calls and notes of concern.  I truly feel fine...it's just my voice...and being without a voice when you work at a radio station is a frustrating thing!

Can a marriage be like a lease? Or perhaps a better question: Should a marriage be like a lease?

Leave it to a lawyer to even broach the subject, which is exactly what Paul Rampell, a Palm Beach, Fla., attorney did last week.  Read the full article by clicking here.

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Radiothon Day At IHOP Restaurants This Saturday
Alright KTK family, here's is your chance to help the kids at Shands while enjoying a delicious breakfast!  Ocala EyeMalone's Miracle Money Makers invite you this Saturday (8/24), between 6am and 12 noon to either IHOP locations Ocala and in Gainesville as 10% of your bill will be donated to our upcoming Radiothon for Kids, benefiting the children and families of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital!  I will be at the S. Pine Avnue restaurant in Ocala, my team co-captrain, Caitlyn Dunning will be at theSR 200 location and represenitives from CMN will be at the Gainesville store.



Choose either location & click on it for directions:

IHOP in Gainesville on SW 13th Street, just north of Williston Road.
IHOP in Ocala on S. Pine Avenue (across from Munroe Regional Medical Center)
IHOP in Ocala off of SR 200 (near Super Walmart)




This is an excellent way for you to help the cause while enjoying a traditional weekend morning breakfast!  Please tell your friends and family about this event as every cent helps! 
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Board Games That Should Become Movies
I noticed that my voice was getting hoarse Saturday night at dinner and sure enough I couldn't make a squeak Sunday morning!  It's not a good thing when you depend on your voice for you livelihood.  SO I'm gargling salt water and resting my vocal chords today.  I'll be back as soon as I can and thank you for al your well wishes! :)

Although I am at a loss of the spoken word, I can certainly type and share with you this gem!  You know they made a movie based on the board game Battleship, so what other board games could be turned into a Hollywood Blockbuster?

Monopoly
Monopoly is arguably the most popular game in the world. There are hundreds of themed editions. Everything from "I Love Lucy" Monopoly to FedEx Monopoly. The desire to become insanely wealthy and force your friends into bankruptcy has universal appeal. There are so many directions you could go with a Monopoly movie, but how about a drama about the housing bubble? It's 2006. Geraldine Pennybags has just graduated from college and wants to do something important with her life. But her rich Uncle Pennybags uses his gleaming top hat and jaunty white mustache to seduce her into the family business of glamorous high-end Manhattan real estate. But then 2007 hits and everything starts to go horribly wrong. The whole thing ends on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the most expensive space in the game.

Ouija
Enough horror movies have featured Ouija boards over the years. Why not base an entire plot around one? Of course, Ouija boards aren't actually games, although they're packaged and marketed as such. They lack things most games have, like a purpose or rules. But they provide other pleasures. Like playing Hangman with the undead. Or trading one-liners with Dorothy Parker from beyond the grave. Mostly Ouija boards are good for freaking out your friends. Maybe your friends who killed a lonely miner during spring break last year. And now, one by one, they're showing up dead with pickaxes through the head. And the only way to find out the next victim is by spelling their name on the board. But that gives the killer an advantage because you'll all be in the same place at once.

Operation Twister
Why are there no college sex romps set at medical school? Not every medical school is Johns Hopkins. There must be one where the residents drink beer right before work and the nurses are impossibly buxom. Nothing says sexual tension while drunk at a dorm party like Twister. And nothing says botched nose job like Operation. So why not combine the two into one crazy mash-up movie? There could be a buzzing sound whenever one of the characters does something wrong. The audience would be encouraged to drink every time it happens. The film could end with an indictment against plastic surgery with a feel-good message about being yourself at any cost. And then everyone shotguns a beer and tries to put their left hand on red when their right hand is all the way over on green.

Cootie
Children are terrified of cooties, but for some reason they've loved the game Cootie since 1949. To play Cootie, children must assemble a plastic bug from various assorted parts. Whoever completes their bug first wins. The bugs are brightly colored and adorable, not creepy and crawly. The concept's still a little weird, though. Adorable and a little weird are perfect ingredients for a kids movie. Just imagine a super-cute Cootie on the hunt for his one missing leg. Add in a couple of wisecracking Cooties as sidekicks and a pretty pink Cootie for a love interest and you've got a movie. It may not be very sophisticated, but hey, neither is playing Cootie.

Clue
Everyone loves a good murder mystery, but Hollywood just doesn't make them anymore. You can see people solving crimes every night of the week on television, but it's much more fun do it at the movies. What's that, you say? Clue is already a movie? Brownie points to you for remembering 1985's "Clue." The film starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean. The novelty marketing angle was that the movie had three different endings. You didn't know which one you would see when buying your ticket. All three solutions appear on the DVD version. "Clue" is tons of fun and provides a great showcase for six comic actors. It's about high time to combine the board game trend with Hollywood's love of remakes. If only to see Jeff Bridges play Col. Mustard. We saw him doing something very suspicious with lead pipe in the conservatory. Um...wasn't this a movie?

The Game of Life
The title really says it all, doesn't it? Created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, Life was the first board game to become a hit in American homes. In the original version there was actually a square labeled Suicide. Landing on it would end the game immediately. Luckily, the game has gotten a little less macabre in the past 150 years. The recent Hollywood trend is adapting self-help books like "Think Like a Man" or "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and giving them a narrative. The same technique could be applied here. The possibilities with Life are endless.
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What Your Hair Says About Your Health
Your hair says a lot about your health!  For instance, if your hair is dry, brittle and breaks easily you may not be getting enough protein in your diet.

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Help Wanted! 250 PT & FT Postions At Job Fairs
The Workforce Connection of Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties will hold 3 job fairs Wednesday (8/21), Thursday (8/22) and Friday (8/23) for 250 PT & FT jobs. Burlington Coat Factory, Caregiver Services and Custom Window Systems are hiring.  Each are at different locations and have different requirements, so click here to get all the information you need to get one of these jobs!

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