The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has posted an obituary for Phil Lamka, past president of MAB and GM of W4 Country Detroit:
Well known and respected Michigan broadcast pioneer and former MAB president Philip Lamka died Tuesday morning June 7, 2005 following an extended illness. He was 58. Phil began his broadcasting career as a salesman for WBOK Radio in New Orleans; he strove for excellence and worked his way up to vice president and general manager of Shamrock Broadcasting. In 1981, Shamrock Broadcasting promoted Phil and moved him to Detroit to run WWWW-FM. At that station, he was introduced to his general sales manager – and the love of his life. Sharman and Phil were married in San Antonio, Texas on November 14 of that same year. Phil ran WWWW-FM for 15 years, and under his stewardship and guidance, it quickly became Detroit’s #1 radio station and received the coveted Marconi Award for broadcast excellence. He later founded WDFN radio in Detroit and most recently was General Manager of Metro Networks, a broadcasting entity which disseminates all the news and traffic reports to Detroit radio stations.