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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
  • Woman quilts to warm the body and soul

    Frankie Shoaf comes from a long line of quilters. “My great-great-grandmother, my great-grandmother, my grandmother, my mother….” she says. She calls quilting something that warms the body and soul. “It’s something that is relaxing to me,” Shoaf said.

  • Man turns nuts into jewelry

    One of Roy’s Folks is doing something rather nutty — he’s turning nuts into jewelry. Ed Ingle uses his band saw to reveal inner beauty. “It’s a miracle to look at all the different patterns and realize that it is a piece of nature,” Ingle said.

  • Keeping alive the art of basket weaving

    Some of Roy’s Folks are a tightly woven group — joining together for a common interest. The basket makers are trying to keep an art form alive — and will show off their wares at Roy’s Folks Crafts Fair this month.

  • Egg carver’s children create new designs

    Dave Teachout creates his art in a most fragile medium. “A lot of people ask me if I break any eggs and the answer is yes,” he said. Teachout’s children have grown up watching him make amazing works of art  out of eggs. “They have tried it and have gotten to the point that they can create some really nice designs,” he said.

  • Weaver turns raw fiber into something special

    Janet Thompson is a spinner and a weaver. “There’s just something about the whir of a spinning wheel,” she says. “It’s got a nice little hum. Thompson, who turns raw fiber into something special said she’s only limited by her imagination.

  • One of Roy’s Folks will ‘paws’ to reflect

    When Connie Lineberry first started making keepsake bears 30 years ago, she had no idea she would make so many. She makes keepsake bears from clothing once worn by loved ones. “I once warmed the body, now I warm the heart,” she said.

  • Breathing new life into an old craft

    Ken Carpenter makes figurines all hand-crafted out of paper mache. “None of them are exactly alike,” he said. It all started with Halloween decorations. “It was like reproductions from old postcards and old catalogs and stuff, the old candy containers and stuff.”

  • One of Roy’s Folks flies spooky Halloween machines

    Wait until you see what one of Roy’s Folks has cooked up for Halloween this year. Last Halloween, the flying ghost took some trick-or-treaters by surprise. “I flew toward them and they parted like the Red Sea,” Monty Mendenhall said.

  • Feather friends coming home to roost

    Because they are active at night, some people mistake them for bats. But one of Roy’s Folks says the birds, called chimney swifts, are his feathered friends. Years ago, Danny Royster started building faux chimneys to give a place for the birds to live.

  • Rooster crow competition

    They arrive with great anticipation. Some entire families have entered the competition. It’s the annual rooster crowing contest at the Dixie Classic Fair.

  • Roy’s Folks enjoying the Rough Ridge trail

    The Rough Ridge trail is a popular trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway — and one of the best places to see fall’s first colors in the high country. “It’s a little strenuous but it’s well worth it,” hiker Marty Nelson says. For more information about Rough Ridgle trail — and map — visit

  • Roy’s glass pumpkins

    They began glass-blowing the pumpkins in March and have been hard at it every day. Artists are making 2,000 glass pumpkins — in all different sizes and colors — for a fundraiser. The pumpkins will be on sale Saturday in the Montgomery town of Star. Each finished pumpkin is an individual work of art. “It’s kind of magical to see it happen,” artist Joe Grant said.


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