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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
  • A passion for woodworking

    RANDLEMAN, N.C. — North Carolina is known the entire world over for its furniture. Long before it was mass produced in factories, local craftsmen took advantage of the area’s abundance of trees and shaped them into functional works of art. Roy Ackland says you can still find that kind of craftsmanship being done by some of Roy’s Folks. For more information, visit the Maynor Woodcraft Facebook page.

  • Mother and son turn metal scraps into horse head sculptures

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Some of Roy’s Folks are horsing around with art. They take scraps of “this and that” and make American beauties including horse head scupltures. “If it fits and I like it, I’ll put it in there,” Dottie Pyrtle said. You can find their work under the name Summer Oaks Craftworks both on Weebly and Facebook.  

  • Randolph County’s general store

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Everybody loves an old time country store. They are a trip back in time to the days when things were much less complicated. Every community had one at one time and thanks to some of Roy’s Folks, a Randolph County community still does.

  • Mount Airy man plays fiddle by ear

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Jimmy Vipperman is one phenomenal fiddler. The Mount Airy man can play just about anything by ear. “My philosophy is if I can hum it I should be able to play it,” he said.

  • Randolph County blacksmith creates amazing things

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — He’s a young man with an amazing talent using skills mostly practiced by older men. Roy Ackland says one of Roy’s Folks combines fire and force to make the useful beautiful. His work is available on Etsy.

  • Child-sized ‘Kennedy Rocker’

    Sometimes when things have not gone well with the economy, businesses decide to downsize. One of Roy’s Folks did that and he says small will be big. For more information on Kennedy Rockers visit

  • Man crafts beautiful baskets out of pine needles

    It’s the state tree of North Carolina but few long leaf pine trees grow west of the coastal plain. Despite that, the tree’s long slender needles are prized by landscapers and can be seen around homes all across the Piedmont. And thanks to one of Roy’s Folks long leaf pine needles can be found decorating the insides of many homes as well.

  • Man collects video games to head back in time

    One of Roy’s Folks is collecting his childhood, not to mention that old video games from the 80s are making a comeback. “When you are a kid whatever is popular, when you become an adult you want to go back to that time,” Scott Leftwich said.

  • Santa already spotted flying over the Piedmont

    It may not be Christmas yet but there are already some unusual sights in the sky. One of Roy’s Folks flies his miniature sleigh and tiny reindeer over the Piedmont.    

  • Roy’s Santa Collector

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Most of us have several Santas in our Christmas decorations, but one of Roy’s Folks has more than most.  He started out with a modest collection of three or four Santas — now he has a wall-to-wall collection of “Saint Nick Knacks. “

  • Christmas gift spurs lifetime of wood burning

    A Christmas gift many years ago got Brian Tickle started. “I was about 10 years old, Santa Claus brought me my first wood burner,” he said. And he’s been burning ever since.

  • Southern Supreme’s nutty fruitcake

    BEAR CREEK, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a family who makes fruitcakes. But they don’t make the kind that you hear so many jokes about. Their fruitcake has very little fruit and is mostly nuts. Their bakery and showroom are in the middle of nowhere and still charter buses, church groups and people from all over the southeast make their way to the location to get a “Southern Supreme Nutty Fruitcake” fix.


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