About Melissa Wade

Melissa Wade-Cutler is a native of North Carolina, where she was born and raised. She is the wife of Darryl and the mother of two beautiful children, daughter Darius and son Matthew. She attended the University of Carolina in Chapel Hill where she received her B.A. in Communications. She began her radio career in 1991 at WFXC in Durham. She has also worked with WQOK in Raleigh and WAMO in Pittsburgh, PA as a morning show co-host.

Currently, you can hear Melissa Monday – Friday at the midday from 10am – 3pm on The Light 103.9, where she is widely known as Melissa “Wade in the Water.” Melissa has been on the radio for over 25 years and is well known by her listeners and in the community. You can often find Melissa out in the community speaking at different events or even walking for some of her favorite causes.

Melissa also has a love for the stage and is the Owner/CEO of “Wade in the Water” Productions. She has performed in various plays, and musicals, written and directed her own stage plays as well as others under her business umbrella “Wade In The Water, LLC.” She conducts and acting camp for kids every summer; which teaches and features participating youth in an actual play presentation of acting and dance. You can read more about Melissa and upcoming events on her website at wadeinthewaterproductions.com

Melissa is a Sr. Elder at Kingdom Community International in Bahama, NC, where she oversees the Arts department which includes: dance, step, mime, flag and a drama department.

We are thankful for the many churches and organizations that are reaching out and providing food for those in need and affected by this pandemic.   Below is a list of upcoming food distribution sites: EVERY FRIDAY – @ 1PM Feed them Foundation at Bethel Family Worship Center – 515 Dowd St. Durham.  With Bishop […]

  The African American Cultural Festival is happening this weekend virtually.  Executive Director Pam Smith talks with Melissa Wade about what’s going on and how you can watch and participate. Check out the African American Cultural Festival virtually – this weekend. Pam Smith – Exec. Director talks with Melissa Wade about what’s going on and […]

  Actor Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer at the age of 43.  He will forever be remember as the talented actor  who played Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown with searing intensity before inspiring audiences worldwide as the regal Black Panther in Marvel’s blockbuster movie franchise. Boseman’s family reported that he was […]

Did you know that black women and children are more likely to die from and during childbirth than any other race?  Today we talked to Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina about Maternal Health Disparities; what causes it, and how we can best tackle to problem and not become […]

  He won the Stellar Award for Quartet of the Year on Sunday and today he joined Melissa for The Light Lunch!!!  Check out the LIVE IG interview with Keith Wonderboy Johnson.      

  Many medical facilities and doctor offices have increased their telemedicine/virtual healthcare due to COVID-19.  Today we talked with Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne about the pros and cons of virtual medicine and how it can benefit us and our families healthwise and cost wise.  Listen and Dr. Tiffany talks with Melissa during “Working Mom Wednesday’s” Presented […]

The Greatest Night in Gospel Music – The 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards premiered on BET on Sunday August 23rd.  The awards were led by hosts Kirk Franklin, jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne with a list of talented performers.   Here’s the complete list of 2020 Stellar Gospel Music Award winners: Artist of the […]

Working Moms are now having to navigate their kids through virtual learning while working from home.  Two moms shared their stories, challenges and solutions today during Working Mom Wednesday’s. Jacenta has a kindergartner, a new baby and a husband who is a teacher.  Her job doesn’t have the option of working from home so she […]

  STRESS, ANXIETY… This is what we are facing during this pandemic and now as working moms.. the kids are going back to school virtually.  How do we balance it all? DR. TEDRA AMDERSON BROWN WILL TALK TO THE WOMEN ABOUT… MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS AND HOW WE ARE COPING WITH COVID-19 … IN MIDST […]

Here are a few upcoming school supply drives & food distributions to help out those in need of school supplies for the upcoming school session.  Because of COVID-19 these giveaways will operate on a drive by system. SATURDAY 8/15 – Phat Kids Mentoring Program will host their 10th annual school supply drive.  At Avery St. […]