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Roy Ackland was born in London, England, and came to WGHP in 1987 from Huntsville, Alabama. He is “Roy” of Roy’s Folks, a popular FOX8 News feature that since 1988 has introduced his audience to some of the most interesting people in the Piedmont and beyond.

The “Roy’s Folks” series on has won several Emmy Awards and Roy continues to look for ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Roy and producer David Weatherly have also been recognized by the “North Carolina Society of Historians” for their work capturing and preserving the state’s rich history.

Roy began his broadcasting career in 1958 in Waco, Texas, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in Radio-TV-Film from Baylor University. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Roy has held a commercial pilot license and skippered a commercial fishing vessel in Alaska.

Roy enjoys fishing, writing and driving his Jeep on dusty back roads.


Recent Articles
  • Man operates 100-year-old steam engine tractor

    Meet Roy Osborne. He operates a 100-year-old steam engine tractor — and loves it, despite the heat of the fire-generated steam. “Working outside you get used to a lot of it, but that’s why I’m not standing here in shorts. You would burn the hair off your legs,” he said  

  • Montgomery County’s ‘peachy’ family

    Over the next few weeks, many of us will be making that annual trip to the beach. And if your travels take you down U.S. 220/Interstate 73, then you’ll be going through the heart of peach country. Roy Ackland says you really need to allow a little time to stop and visit with some of Roy’s “peachy” folks.

  • Winston-Salem man crafts carousel animals from wood

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wayne Ketner shapes wood into carousel horses and other animals. “You can see it kind of come to life and start taking shape,” the Winston-Salem man said. “To me, it’s like therapy. I mean it’s relaxing to me.”

  • High Point man turns bicycle spokes into jewelry

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — In just a few minutes, he can take a bicycle spoke and turn it into a piece of jewelry — using a pair of vice grips and needle nose pliers. “I try to keep it as simple as possible,” Robert Carter said.

  • ‘Hootenanny’ in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a gathering of people who love to sing and play music together and just enjoy some good old fashioned fellowship. It’s called a “hootenanny.”

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    Harp finds new harmony in hearts of young people

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Most of us equate the beautiful sounds of the harp with heaven. Who would ever imagine the harp would find new harmony in the hearts of young people? Thanks to one of Roy’s Folks the instrument has tugged on more than a few heart strings.

  • Happy Days Farm in Burlington

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet two women from Burlington who have what they call a backyard hobby farm. They have a very popular blog about what they do with between 15,000 to 20,000 visitors each month. You can check them out at happy-days-farm.com.

  • Fire jugglers literally passing the torch at Juggleboro event

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Triad Juggling Club will host a “Juggleboro” festival in Greensboro this Saturday, June 6, beginning at 9 a.m. in the gym at Trinity Church on West Friendly Avenue. The event concludes at 8:30 p.m. with fire juggling. The second annual Juggleboro is a free event and will feature demonstrations and workshops concluding with a fire juggling demonstration.

  • High Point man takes a scroll saw to a whole new level

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — It sounds a bit like a word you would hear in the National Spelling Bee, but intarsia is the name of an old art that can be best described as a wood mosaic. One of “Roy’s Folks” — a man from High Point — says doing intarsia can be very challenging but if it’s done right, the results can be stunning.  

  • Winston-Salem man not only plays mandolins — he makes them

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — There is nothing like the sound of a precisely-crafted instrument in the hands of talented musician. One of Roy’s Folks goes beyond that. He makes music on instruments of his own making. Check them out here.

  • Surry County man scoops and sculptures

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — One of Roy’s Folks shows us his sculpture garden — an interesting combination of scoops and sculptures.

  • Forsyth County’s sawmill man

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Not long ago when a new highway was built, trees were bulldozed and burned to make room for the road. One of Roy’s Folks says if he has his way that will never happen again.

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