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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
  • Surry County man scoops and sculptures

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — One of Roy’s Folks shows us his sculpture garden — an interesting combination of scoops and sculptures.

  • Forsyth County’s sawmill man

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Not long ago when a new highway was built, trees were bulldozed and burned to make room for the road. One of Roy’s Folks says if he has his way that will never happen again.

  • Flathead Ford relics still being raced by some of Roy’s Folks

    They are relics once driven by racing’s pioneers. In fact, before World War II they were the most common car on the track. “Every time I get in the car I think about the old days,” said Bill Blair, Jr.

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    Tool collector transforms railroad spikes into works of art

    One of Roy’s folks collects old railroad spikes, turns them in to characters and puts them in various scenes. He also has an amazing collection of tools.

  • Carthage restaurant offers BBQ to air travelers

    CARTHAGE, N.C. — Some of Roy’s folks enjoy one restaurant so much they even fly to get there. Check out the video about the Pik-n-Pig to see what all the fuss is about.

  • The NASCAR artist

    CONCORD, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is tied to the upcoming races in Charlotte. Right beside the Charlotte Motor Speedway you’ll find the gallery and studio of artist Sam Bass. After decades of depicting the personalities and scenes around the track, Sam has become synonymous with NASCAR racing. He has done paintings of all the big names in the sport, designed many of the paint schemes seen on the cars and for the past 30 years he’s done […]

  • Randolph County man builds replica antique Morgan car

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A Randolph County man wanted an antique Morgan, an old  British car,  but it was too expensive. So instead, he decided to build a replica. It’s part car and part motorcycle. He calls it Morghonda.  

  • Rich textile history fascinates Greensboro man

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Evan Morrison grew up in Greensboro and became fascinated with the city’s rich history in textiles. He collected all kinds of memorabilia over the years and hopes one day there will be a textile heritage museum downtown. Morrison and his business partner and good friend, William Clayton, run a store in the historic section of South Elm Street called “Hudson’s Hill.” There, they continue the tradition of making useful things out of denim.

  • 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.

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