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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
  • Carroll County Historical Museum shows off beautiful furniture pieces from the 1900s

    CARROLL COUNTY, N.C. — Signa Allen was one of the wealthiest men in Carrol County, Virginia. He had just finished building a house outside of Hillsville when he and his family were involved in the infamous shootout in 1912. Signa Allen went to prison and they discovered that he had a talent for woodworking. He was considered according to all accounts to be a model prisoner. He started making things at the prison woodshop. All of the pieces involved intricate […]

  • Teaching new generations about steam engines

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Today, steam engines have all but disappeared and so have the people who know how to operate them. Some of Roy’s folks at the Denton Farm Park are trying to keep these antiques and the knowledge to run them alive.

  • Davidson County woman is a fiber artist

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Davidson County woman who is a fiber artist. She weaves intricate patterns into scarves, throws and shawls. Her name is Kris Joss and recently we did a feature on her husband who is also named Chris Joss. His with a “Ch” and hers with a “K.” Her husband makes jewelry and plays Native American flutes.

  • Play chronicles 1912 shootout at Carroll County Courthouse

    CARROLL COUNTY, Va. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a famous shootout that took place in the Carroll County Courthouse in 1912. Five people were killed and seven were wounded that day. A play written by one of Roy’s Folks is being performed in the very courtroom where the shootout occurred. Money raised from ticket sales will benefit the local historical society and will also go toward preserving a grand old home that once belonged to a member of […]

  • Davidson County man makes Native American flutes and jewelry

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Davidson County man who enjoys making and playing Native American flutes. He also makes jewelry. It started as a way for Chris Joss to relax while he worked in a stressful job. Now that he’s retired, he devotes more time to it.

  • Denton folks come together for an old-fashioned square dance

    DENTON, N.C. — Since 1993, people in Denton have come together on the third Saturday of every month for an old-fashioned square dance. It is a traditional Appalachian-style square dance, complete with a live band. It’s a great way to hold onto an important part of the area’s past, participants say. The next dance will be at 7 p.m. on April 15. Learn more here.

  • What it’s like to be the wife of ‘the ultimate hobbyist’

    We’ve met a lot of fascinating people on Roy’s Folks. But no one knows them better than their significant other. Now Roy is introducing us to one wife who has a great sense of humor. She explains what it’s like to be married to a hobbyist.

  • Pet parrot keeps local man company everywhere he goes

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a local man who has a parrot he takes with him everywhere he goes. The parrot can fly but won’t leave him. Russ Kraus has had Smokie for 14 years. With the exception of grocery stores and restaurants (parrots aren’t allowed by law), Smokie rides around on Russ’ shoulder and is always ready to do a few tricks for a reward.

  • Davidson County couple owns farm with multi-colored worms

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Davidson County couple is involved in a unique kind of agriculture — worm farming. James Henderson estimates there are more than 3 million worms at the farm. Even more unique, James and his wife, Robin, farm multi-colored worms. They’ve got yellow, purple, blues — a full rainbow of worms. James says the secret was handed down to him by his Native American ancestry. For more information visit or email

  • Winston-Salem boy provides water, hugs for local garbage truck ‘heroes’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For three-year-old Caleb Gwyn, Wednesdays are a bit like Christmas. Each week, the toddler waits for a City of Winston-Salem garbage truck to come by his house. His fascination began last summer when the family was sitting outside eating a popsicle and the truck pulled up. “The guys were sweating and Caleb instantly jumped up and dropped his popsicle on the ground,” his mother said. ” He went inside and grabbed three bottles of water and went […]

  • Randolph County man makes beautiful, creative wooden boxes

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Randolph County resident Stuart Taylor is never quite sure what he will come up with next. Taylor starts with scrap lumber and creates unique wooden boxes. “I like to be all over the map. My stuff is always very fluid,” he said. “However it comes out, it comes out.” From items in “Harry Potter” to books that could have come out of “Lord of the Rings,” he creates a little bit of everything. He uses his […]

  • GTCC student makes beautiful wood carvings

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — When the weather is nice and he’s got time, you’ll find Lindsay Pendleton sitting on his front porch carving wood. “I like to carve Vikings, I have a couple of Vikings I’m working on now,” Pendleton said. “So, whatever I am in the mood for that moment.” He first got interested in carving when he had to stay home taking care of his sick grandmother. “Anyone who has ever had to take care of someone knows […]