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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
  • Stokes County woman’s Shire horses

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — A Stokes County woman has been around horses all her life. Dayla Kohler now specializes in a rare breed that was once very popular but has dwindled to only a few thousand worldwide. They are called “English Shires,” and Kohler says the horses are cousins to the more familiar Clydesdales that were developed in Scotland. The Shires date back to the 1100s and King Henry II. They were bred to be able to pull or carry […]

  • Denton family’s peach orchard

    DENTON, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a family in Denton that has a large peach and apple orchard. They have a great peach crop this year and expect to have peaches through the summer.

  • Winston-Salem string instrument builder

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Most of us think of the guitar as an instrument made with the application of a strict set of rules. One of Roy’s Folks doesn’t even own a rule book but makes guitars anyway.

  • Alamance County’s model car collector

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet an Alamance County man who has been collecting model cars for his entire life.

  • New life for old theater in Randolph County

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a young couple from Alamance County who is making a huge investment into a Randolph County Landmark. Dewey Brown is the fiddle player for music icon Dr. Ralph Stanly and this weekend Dr. Ralph and his Clinch Mountain boys will help Dewey kick off the grand reopening of the old Liberty Theater in Liberty. Dewey and his wife Leslie recently bought the old theater. They plan to have regular […]

  • Cat in a dress

    This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a woman who has made over 40 dresses for her cat. Every day she puts one on the cat and takes her for a ride in a baby stroller. One of the really amazing things about the story is the cat rides unrestrained and never jumps out, even when a dog comes out barking.

  • Eco-friendly, ethically sourced ‘Fluffmongers’ made in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a Greensboro woman who makes stuffed animals and dolls from “eco-friendly”  and “ethically sourced” materials. She calls her plush creations “Fluffmongers.” Each of her critters is handmade. She even dyes her own fabric with safe dyes.   For more information about Fluffmongers, check out the following links: Etsy: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest:

  • Greensboro couple collects hundreds of vinyl records

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A couple from Greensboro may have one of the largest vinyl record collections you’ll find anywhere. They also operate a record store that specializes in selling the old records — most are used but thousands of titles have never been opened.

  • Yadkin County woman restores antique tractor named ‘Betsy’

    YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — To one Yadkin County woman, “Betsy” is much more than a restored antique tractor. It’s a part of her family.

  • Man operates 100-year-old steam engine tractor

    Meet Roy Osborne. He operates a 100-year-old steam engine tractor — and loves it, despite the heat of the fire-generated steam. “Working outside you get used to a lot of it, but that’s why I’m not standing here in shorts. You would burn the hair off your legs,” he said  

  • Montgomery County’s ‘peachy’ family

    Over the next few weeks, many of us will be making that annual trip to the beach. And if your travels take you down U.S. 220/Interstate 73, then you’ll be going through the heart of peach country. Roy Ackland says you really need to allow a little time to stop and visit with some of Roy’s “peachy” folks.

  • Winston-Salem man crafts carousel animals from wood

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wayne Ketner shapes wood into carousel horses and other animals. “You can see it kind of come to life and start taking shape,” the Winston-Salem man said. “To me, it’s like therapy. I mean it’s relaxing to me.”


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