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
  • Couple rediscovers a love for each other — and for fishing

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Clay and Cindy Gitter lived two doors apart when they were kids. Both went on to live separate lives until they reconnected a few years ago. They rediscovered a love for each other and fishing.

  • Davidson County man builds gorgeous model ships

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a man who builds very detailed model ships. He can spend thousands of hours and years to complete one. Most of his models are of old sailing ships. In the last 30 years he’s built 15 of these ships. He’s been working on his current project for five years.

  • Local teen going to pony finals in Kentucky

    In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a teenage girl who got a young pony for Christmas in 2012. The pony had never been ridden and over the last five years Logan Crouser has not just taught the pony how to deal with a saddle and rider, she is now doing shows and even jumping with her. The two have even qualified to go the national pony finals in Kentucky in August. Logan also was one of only three young […]

  • Teen builds bass fishing trail at Lake Thom-a-Lex

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Boy Scout who is building a fishing trail for his “Eagle Scout” award project. Daniel Pell enlisted the help of Bill Frazier, NC State Conservation coordinator for the Bass Anglers Sportsman Association or B.A.S.S. They built artificial structures out of plastic and biologists with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission placed them at various locations in Lake Thom-a-Lex in Davidson County and marked them with special buoys. A trail […]

  • Local man collects toy tractors

    It is called the greatest steam, gas engine and antique farm show in the Southeast. This Friday the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion will kick off at the Denton Farm Park in Davidson County. There are always lots of tractors on display. But one of Roy’s Folks goes for something a little smaller. See his collection of toy tractors in this edition of Roy’s Folks.

  • Kids learn to build sailboats

    In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a group of sailing enthusiasts who started an after school program building sailboats with kids who might otherwise never have a chance to do such a thing. It’s coordinated with the Winston-Salem YMCA after school program and groups of kids spend several afternoons a week building small sailboats. When the school year ends, many of these same kids attend a day camp at Oak Hollow Lake where they learn to sail the boats […]

  • Asheboro man owns what may be oldest comic book store in state

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a guy who runs what he believes to be the oldest comic book store in North Carolina. Jeff Lamb opened Comic Conspiracy in Asheboro in 1978. The store has been in a couple of locations over the years. He says the business has changed a lot over the years and not as many people read the comics like they once did but he still has a regular customer base that […]

  • Young bluegrass group ‘Shadowgrass’ playing in shadows of great musicians before them

    GALAX, Va. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a young bluegrass group that ranges in age from 12 to 17. They call themselves “Shadowgrass” because they are playing in the shadows of the great musicians that went before them. There is some real talent in the group. Presley Barker, 12, won the adult guitar competition at the Galax Fiddlers Convention when he was just 10. He got together with several other aspiring musicians at area festivals where they […]

  • Kernersville man the ultimate crafter

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Kernersville man who is the ultimate crafter. John Wald says he wants to try every craft there is at least once before he dies and he has a pretty good start at it.

  • Montgomery County man makes detailed wooden models without plans, store-bought parts

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Montgomery County man who builds very detailed models of trucks and machinery out of wood. Michael Hudson, of the Pekin community, doesn’t use any kind of plans or store-bought parts. He builds his models from scratch, using pictures and sometimes toys as reference. He also makes almost all of his models from scrap pieces of wood.

  • Young man raising honey bees in the Piedmont; hopes others will discover beekeeping

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Raising honey bees is not something you usually find young people doing. One of Roy’s Folks defies that trend. Chris Senters got interested in honey bees after hearing that they were in danger because of diseases, parasites and pesticides. He got one hive and was hooked. And he hopes more people his age will discover just how sweet raising bees can be.

  • Man driving Camaro across country in memory of wife

    In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a man who spent seven years building a 1970 Camaro with the dream of one day driving it across the country with his wife. He got the car finished but his wife never got the chance to make the journey. After being married for 25 years, she suddenly became sick and died of cancer. Despite his loss, Simon Harris decided he would make the trip anyway and he left his home in California […]