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
  • Haw River man makes creative steel sculptures

    HAW RIVER, N.C. In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Haw River man who made several giant metal sculptures that stand along Highway 70 in the Alamance County town. Herman Johnson is in the pipe and plumbing business and took scrap metal and turned it into art. It has become a very popular sight for drivers who pass along the stretch of road.

  • Davidson County woman grows shiitake mushrooms

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a woman in Davidson County who grows shiitake mushrooms. Brenda Garner says the weather this spring has been ideal for the crop. People interested in getting mushrooms or other products from her farm can find her at the Lexington Farmer’s Market most Saturdays or at her farm store. For more information, visit the Sandy Creek Farm website.

  • Randolph County man makes little log cabins for birds

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a man who makes some really neat bird houses. Billy Poole starts by cutting cedar trees off his property and then saws them in his sawmill. Eventually, he ends up with what looks like little “Lincoln Logs” and starts making his bird houses.

  • Bob Timberlake publishes new book

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks focuses on Bob Timberlake’s new book. It has been 40 years since he teamed up with Charles Kuralt on his first book and the new book is a culmination of his life and career so far. He says he certainly hopes it’s not his last book. You can find the book at the Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington.

  • Piedmont man starts YouTube channel to help others with fishing

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — These days, you can find out how to do most everything by watching videos on YouTube. One of Roy’s Folks says you can even learn to catch fish. Kevin Webber was hooked at an early age. After learning more about fishing watching videos online, Webber started his own YouTube channel to help others.

  • Local woman makes ‘slightly askew’ clay jewelry

    PINNACLE, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a woman who makes jewelry that she calls “slightly askew.” Kim Koltzau uses polymer clay to create all kinds of unusual things. Many of her designs involve sea creatures and some are in the “Steampunk” style. She sells her creations on Etsy under the name FantasticMenageries and you may also find her work under the name Steampunk Cellars.

  • Greensboro woman has vast collection of trolls

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a woman in Greensboro who collects trolls. Francine Fisher has over 200 of the little plastic dolls that were originally introduced to the United States in the 1960s. She started collecting when she found one at a thrift store and it made her smile. Now she has about 260 of them.

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

    CARROLL COUNTY, N.C. — Sidna 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.