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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
  • Jessup Mill, Stokes County landmark, being restored

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — One of Roy’s Folks is restoring the old Jessup Mill and hopes to use the Dan River to power a new business. The mill, built in 1910, is a Stokes County landmark.

  • Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary

    Most of us see an ordinary item and call it what it actually is. But some of Roy’s Folks can see an object several different ways and turn something ordinary into the extraordinary.

  • Piedmont banjo player preserving traditional music

    We are very lucky here in the Piedmont. Traditional music is alive and well… Or is it? The newer bluegrass songs are great, but what about their origin? Where did it all begin? One of Roy’s Folks thinks we should remember.

  • Randolph County man making a name for himself in pottery world

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a young Randolph County potter who is making a name for himself in the pottery world. He makes huge pots and fires them in what probably the biggest kiln in the state and maybe even the country. We were there when he fired the giant kiln and went back when he opened it.

  • Caboose tells story of railroad past in Gibsonville

    GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — Railroads played an important role in the history of many towns in North Carolina. But a railroad relic is now playing a role in telling the story of one town’s railroading past.

  • Raising water buffalo in the hills of southwest Virginia

    STUART, Va. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a couple who moved here from England and brought a little taste of Europe along with them. They raise water buffalo and make authentic mozzarella cheese. That’s right, true mozzarella is made from water buffalo milk. In fact, in Italy you can’t call it mozzarella unless it comes from water buffalo. They sell their cheese and water buffalo meat at the Old Salem Cobblestone Market every Saturday in Winston-Salem. For […]

  • Amazing yard art in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Yard art is pretty common, especially as you take long drives through the country. And some of the best examples seem to be made from materials that can be found in the trash by one of Roy’s Folks.

  • 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 […]


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