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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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    Local man makes toys from scraps of wood

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Over the years, Roy Ackland has introduced us to some of Roy’s Folks who make things from scraps of wood. But this one makes wooden toys from scrap wood, glue, pegs and even a Buffalo Nickel.

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    Local musician Tyler Millard touring nationally for blindness prevention

    This is a very cool story in this edition of Roy’s Folks. Local singer/songwriter Tyler Millard lost his eyesight a few years ago because of Retinitis Pigmentosa. It creates what is described as tunnel vision, like looking at the world through a very small drinking straw. He got involved with the “Foundation Fighting Blindness” locally and spoke about his experience and performed music. He got involved with the “Foundation Fighting Blindness” locally and spoke about his experience and performed music. […]

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    Randolph County woman nurses injured chicken back to health

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — This story is about a Randolph County woman who nursed an injured chicken back to health and learned a few life lessons along the way. One of Roy’s Folks shares what she calls the “Miracle of Anna.”

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    Greensboro restaurant changing the way people think of barbecue

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Barbecue is one of the favorite foods in North Carolina. And around here, barbecue usually means slow-cooked pork with a Lexington-style sauce. But if one of Roy’s Folks has his way, the word barbecue will be accompanied by another word — turkey. For more information, visit HickoryTreeBBQ.com.

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    Surry County banjo maker

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — A lot of people enjoy music; listening to it, singing along or maybe even playing it! One of Roy’s Folks does all of that and more. He makes the instruments he plays.

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    Mount Airy Jam on Thursday nights

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Now that the holidays are over and winter weather is here, you may be looking for something to do inside. If it’s entertainment you want, you can find live music every Thursday in downtown Mount Airy and the best part is it’s free.

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    Randolph County man has amazing Santa collection

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Most of us have at least one Santa among our Christmas decorations, some may have several. Roy Ackland introduces us to a man who has quite a few more than that. One of Roy’s Folks says when it comes to Santas, the more the merrier.

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    Man creates angels out of aluminum cans

    According to a popular advertising campaign, the contents of one energy drink can will give you wings. But Roy Ackland has found someone who has turned that around. You see, one of Roy’s Folks takes beverage cans and gives them wings.

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    The BanaStar® Project

    In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet David Ridge, a man who has invented a new stringed instrument he calls a BanaStar®. It combines the banjo, bass and six-stringed guitar. It combines the banjo, bass and six-stringed guitar. For more information, visit thebanastarproject.com

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    Kernersville woman’s amazing Christmas crafts

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — With the holiday season here, some of us go to the discount stores if we want decorations. But some folks like to create their own seasonal stuff, like one of Roy’s Folks. If you would like more information about Terri Riley’s Christmas crafts, you can email her at territhreattriley@aol.com.

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    Mockwood Farms Christmas tree lot

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — All of a sudden they are everywhere — Christmas tree lots. Some are brand new, many of them are familiar. One has been at it for a long time and it’s run by one of Roy’s Folks.

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    Cherished handmade Christmas ornaments

    RONDA, N.C. — Many of us have made some kind of Christmas decorations for our home or Christmas tree. Handmade ornaments are often the most cherished. For some of Roy’s Folks, the time spent making them is even more special.

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