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
  • Chad Tucker has passion for history, looking forward to hosting Roy’s Folks

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — We had one more story for Roy Ackland to tell before he could officially retire. This time Roy introduces us to the guy who is going to take over his role as the face of “Roy’s Folks.” This story is a look at why Chad Tucker is who he is and why he does what he does.

  • FOX8’s Roy’s Folks special

    Roy Ackland is retiring and we put together a special one-hour broadcast highlighting some of his best stories over the years. If you missed the FOX8 Roy’s Folks special on Wednesday evening, you can watch it in six parts in the players below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

  • Roy’s Folks archives: Woman keeps rooster as house pet

    As Roy Ackland heads into retirement, we again reach back into the Roy’s Folks archives. This story is a really good one with some fun moments. The story is about a woman who has pet chickens and one rooster was used in a FOX8 morning news promo several years ago. The rooster, named Tobe, is 10 years old now and still lives in her house.

  • Roy’s Folks archives: The Dog House in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Dog House will be celebrating 75 years of business on Saturday, Sept. 16. As we get closer to Roy’s retirement, we again go back into the Roy’s Folks archives. We did a segment on the restaurant back in 1995 and things really have changed a bit since then.

  • Roy’s Folks archives: The bluebird man

    As Roy gets closer to retirement, we again reach into the Roy’s Folks archives to bring you one of our favorites. This story is really one you have to see to believe. It’s about a man who feeds bluebirds from the top of his head! Yes, you read that correctly.

  • Roy’s Folks archives: Winston-Salem’s ‘Snake Lady’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As Roy’s tenure here at FOX8 winds down, we continue our look through the archives at some of our more memorable stories. In this edition of Roy’s Folks, we bring back a segment on a woman who many consider a legend in blues music and in the obscure underground culture of carnival life. Winston-Salem’s Willa Mae Bucker was known as “The Snake Lady” because for years she traveled the country with carnivals and put on snake shows. […]

  • A look back: Winston-Salem woman known as ‘the snake lady’ considered a legend in blues music

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Meet a woman who many consider a legend in blues music and in the obscure underground culture of carnival life. Winston-Salem’s Willa Mae Bucker was known as “The Snake Lady” because for years she traveled the country with carnivals put on snake shows. She was a born entertainer, singing and playing the guitar and using any talents she had to gather an audience and make some money. She passed away a few years ago but she is […]

  • Silk Hope Ruritan Club hosting Old Fashioned Farmers Day

    SILK HOPE, N.C. — This weekend a bunch of Roy’s Folks will be gathering in the Silk Hope community to take a look back at the past. The Silk Hope Ruritan Club will host their annual Old Fashioned Farmers Day this Saturday and Sunday at their farm park in the Chatham County community of Silk Hope. And you can find lots of Roy’s Folks classics during a one-hour special on FOX8 on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. He’ll look back […]

  • A look back: Man from Lexington once created mechanical marvels

    Today’s Roy’s Folks is being resurrected from the past. It’s about a man from Lexington who once had a collection of all sorts of stuff.  Some of the things he collected were turned into mechanical marvels. In other words, he built machines that really didn’t do anything but they were sure fun to watch. This Roy’s Folks shot in the early 1990s also includes some priceless footage of Roy’s daughters when they were very young.  All of them are in their […]

  • Take a walk down memory lane with Bob Timberlake and Roy Ackland

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Our story for today is a little different. We have featured thousands of people since we started doing Roy’s Folks. Most have been featured in one story, some in a couple, but we’ve lost track of the number of  segments involving artist Bob Timberlake. Bob has taken us to places he’s featured in paintings and we’ve even taken him to places that became subjects of his work. In this edition of Roy’s Folks, take a walk down […]

  • Champion clogging team coached by husband and wife

    DENTON, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, we introduce you to a champion clogging team that is coached by a husband and wife who met through clogging. Elliott and Cheryl Skeen have won more trophies than they can count over the years and Elliott is even in the clogging hall of fame. They’ve been clogging for decades and never get tired of it.

  • Priddy’s General Store a Stokes County landmark

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks shows you a Stokes County landmark. Priddy’s General Store has been in operation since 1888. Today the store still sells many of the same things that it sold when it first opened — candy, clothing, canned goods, seeds and even hardware. It is a genuine general store and has always been a community gathering spot. The third generation of the Priddy family is now running the business and they hope it […]