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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
  • Forsyth County farm in same family more than 100 years

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A family in Forsyth County has lived on the same land for more than 100 years. The husband and wife are retired school teachers and now give educational tours of Woosley Farm. The kids can get a real idea of what farm life is like. “Seeing their expressions, the oohs and ahhs, that’s part of the pay,” Riely Woosley said.

  • 99-year-old Alamance man weaves baskets several hours a day

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Raymond Garrison is about to turn 100. But that’s not what makes him so remarkable. The World War II veteran — wounded twice — retired at age 65 and took up basket making. He still works on baskets for several hours a day. He turns 100 on April 28 but his family is throwing him a big party Saturday in Burlington. Editor’s note: Raymond Garrison is not taking orders for baskets at this time. 

  • Man collects old military vehicles

    RICHFIELD, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet man who collects old military vehicles. The annual Military Vehicle and Collectors show will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Denton Farm Park in Davidson County. There will be all kinds of trucks and jeeps — and in years past they’ve had some very unusual things at the show.

  • Couple grows asparagus on Davidson County farm

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Davidson County couple decided to grow something near Denton that many thought not possible. They have an orchard with familiar peach varieties and apples not usually found outside of California. They also grow asparagus and if you’ve never had it fresh out of the garden then you probably don’t really know how good asparagus can taste. “The asparagus begins to come in the end of March and we’ll pick that through April,” Curt Jack said.

  • Davie County man builds electric motorcycle

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Davie County man who hopes he has an idea that will be the next big thing in commuter transportation. He’s building electric motorcycles. Jay Hutchins runs “Hutchins Innovations” just outside Mocksville. The motorcycles he’s building can go 0 to 60 in seven seconds and 100 miles on a charge. He he expects that distance will increase as technology improves. For more information, visit the Hutchins Innovations website.

  • Asheboro guitarist and friends hold memorial concert

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Larry Davis is a guitarist who every year joins some friends to put on the “Glenn Davis Memorial Concert” at the Sunset Theater. The event honors his father Glenn Davis who was a well-known banjo player in the area. The concert is Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. It is a free event.

  • The theater photographer

    Photographers are known to take pictures of anything. Flowers and birds and sunsets all are common subjects for cameras, but one of Roy’s Folks captures pictures of something less common — old movie theaters.

  • Mount Airy’s theater keeper

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — There was a time when going to the movies meant going downtown. Roy Ackland says that’s still the case in Mount Airy. And the theater is run by one of Roy’s Folks.

  • Randolph County couple has amazing collection

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Roy Ackland says these days a person can and will collect everything and anything. Some of Roy’s Folks prove that point.

  • Man and dog control Canada geese via motorcycle

    One of Roy’s Folks has a business to control Canada geese. Kent Kuykendall uses a border collie to chase off the geese, but it’s his method of transportation that is a bit unusual. He and the dog ride a motorcycle from place to place — and they both love it.

  • Crafty woman transforms tiny beads into intricate works of art

    One of Roy’s Folks crafty women turns the tiniest of beads into something magnificent. “I would say they are about the size of poppy seeds,” Chris Maj said.  

  • Turning antique bottles into wearable art

    There is a lot of jewelry made of glass, but the jewelry made by some of Roy’s Folks involves glass that can be over a hundred years old. And as Roy Ackland tells us, they transform antique bottles into wearable art.

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