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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
  • Christmas gift spurs lifetime of wood burning

    A Christmas gift many years ago got Brian Tickle started. “I was about 10 years old, Santa Claus brought me my first wood burner,” he said. And he’s been burning ever since.

  • Southern Supreme’s nutty fruitcake

    BEAR CREEK, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a family who makes fruitcakes. But they don’t make the kind that you hear so many jokes about. Their fruitcake has very little fruit and is mostly nuts. Their bakery and showroom are in the middle of nowhere and still charter buses, church groups and people from all over the southeast make their way to the location to get a “Southern Supreme Nutty Fruitcake” fix.

  • Lexington man grows chestnuts

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Brad Owen of Lexington is a chestnut grower — and everyone has heard the song about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” Owen uses a special roasting pan and a hot fire to roast the chestnuts he’s harvested from his orchard. You can find his chestnuts for sale at Conrad Hinkle Grocery on  the square in Lexington

  • Randolph County woman recycles wrecked race cars

    A Randolph County woman has taken her mother’s dying words to heart and pursued her creative abilities. She takes bits of wrecked race cars and turns them into beautiful  jewelry. But her story is more than just about recycling race cars. It’s about dealing with the other kinds of wrecks that we often find on life’s road.

  • Family carries on tradition of apple butter making

    Some of Roy’s Folks carry on the family tradition of making apple butter. It’s an all day job. “You can’t rush it,” said Henry Kuykendall. “I’ve never found any that tasted anything like this,” he said.

  • Glass blower burns with enthusiasm

    From the moment he first saw it being done he was hooked, taking common pieces of glass and coercing them into amazing shapes. “Fascinated by fire I guess, drawn to the flame,” Curtis Cecil said.  

  • Country Christmas train rides into Piedmont

    It may be one of the most unique Christmas experiences in the Piedmont — the Christmas Train. “I thought it would be different and people would like it — and they do,” Brown Loflin says. “We have people from the Outer Banks, we have people from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina…”  

  • Woman quilts to warm the body and soul

    Frankie Shoaf comes from a long line of quilters. “My great-great-grandmother, my great-grandmother, my grandmother, my mother….” she says. She calls quilting something that warms the body and soul. “It’s something that is relaxing to me,” Shoaf said.

  • Man turns nuts into jewelry

    One of Roy’s Folks is doing something rather nutty — he’s turning nuts into jewelry. Ed Ingle uses his band saw to reveal inner beauty. “It’s a miracle to look at all the different patterns and realize that it is a piece of nature,” Ingle said.

  • Keeping alive the art of basket weaving

    Some of Roy’s Folks are a tightly woven group — joining together for a common interest. The basket makers are trying to keep an art form alive — and will show off their wares at Roy’s Folks Crafts Fair this month.

  • Egg carver’s children create new designs

    Dave Teachout creates his art in a most fragile medium. “A lot of people ask me if I break any eggs and the answer is yes,” he said. Teachout’s children have grown up watching him make amazing works of art  out of eggs. “They have tried it and have gotten to the point that they can create some really nice designs,” he said.

  • Weaver turns raw fiber into something special

    Janet Thompson is a spinner and a weaver. “There’s just something about the whir of a spinning wheel,” she says. “It’s got a nice little hum. Thompson, who turns raw fiber into something special said she’s only limited by her imagination.


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