Next month will make 40 years I've been in the local radio business. We still read the obituaries everyday, just as our local newspaper publishes them. Different organizations have different policies. Ours has always been the same... we only accept obituaries from the funeral homes, not from the families or friends. Once in awhile, someone tries to pull a practical joke. The funeral homes are strictly regulated in the information they provide about the deceased of a family they are serving. Try calling up a funeral home and ask them how someone, whose body they have, died. They'll let you know right away that such information is a confidential trust between the funeral home and the family they are serving. What you can learn is statistics from the reporting agencies - number of deaths, causes, etc., without the names attached.