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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.


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    Archdale man has incredible Zippo collection

    ARCHDALE, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet an Archdale man who collects Zippo cigarette lighters. The Zippo once dominated the cigarette lighter business before disposable lighters started being used for convenience. One of Roy’s Folks started collecting Zippos because they were small and would not take up much room. But eventually his collection took over an entire room in his house. Now he has over 4,000 of the little fire producing rectangular boxes.

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