Car show honors Lexington radio legend Karl Shannon

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Karl Shannon has entertained country music audiences for more than 50 years.

“I’ve met pretty much anyone and everyone in country music,” Shannon told WKYT in May.

“Loretta Lynn… tons of people. Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire. There’s Billy Ray. I’m a good friend of his too,” Shannon said.

Karl had a passion for country music but he was also a classic car enthusiast. He hosted several car shows to raise funds for St. Jude, UK Hospital and Waveland State Historic Site.

Since 2017, Shannon has hosted a show at Waveland, benefiting the Friends of Waveland. He promoted his first car show there on WKYT in 2017.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Waveland but it’s a wonderful place and I fell in love with it last year. We’re just going to ask people to bring their cars that they like, if they have old ones or street canes or whatever,” Shannon said in 2017.

Shannon had already started planning for this year’s car show at Waveland before he passed away in June.

“He had announced that 2022 would be his last show and Karl passed away and Waveland had contacted his family, they contacted me and asked if I would do it. I was hesitant at first, but it’s hard to say no, especially if Karl himself had asked me, I would have said yes,” said event organizer Terry Malin.

Karl Shannon’s annual tradition of a car show at Waveland continued on Sunday, but this year it was held in his honor.

Lots of people brought their cars and Karl Shannon memorabilia.

“Karl was just a great guy and he was the Santa Claus of Waveland and he loved this place. This is our way of paying homage to him. I hope he likes it and I’m sure we will,” Malin said.

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