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The banners in the arena continue to fill with condolences and memories of the lives touched by the lost.

"Coach Budke, when he got here in 2005, of all the coaches in the athletic department, he was in the studios much more," said Bill Coleman, owner of 5 radio stations, including...

"101 country KPNC,".

Where Gayle Williams has been just as devastated by the loss as anyone else.

"We just want to make sure that the memorial for them goes well," she said.

A memorial, it turns out, that was in jeopardy of being marred.

"Obviously the families don't need to see that," said Coleman.

That, would be the sight of protestors from Westboro Baptist Church, seemingly oblivious to the feelings of friends and families of the loved ones lost, to serve their own interests at a moment of ultimate grief.

"Don't these people have something better to do with their life?" asked Williams.

But it's what Bill's done with his life that's put him in a position to do something about it. Armed with the power radio waves, he made Westboro an offer.

"Would you be interested in obtaining five minutes of free airtime on five radio stations in Oklahoma, in exchange I ask that you not show up to Stillwater to protest during the service," he said.

It was an offer they couldn't refuse.

"The phone calls that I've been getting here at the station all afternoon are thank you for doing this," said Williams.

Peace of mind for the families, in exchange for five minutes at 7:50 in the morning.

"Be a good time not to listen," said Coleman.

And while you're not listening, you can smile in appreciation for the guy with the extra bright smile, thanks to Westboro Baptist Church.  

"I brushed my teeth good today, it did leave kind of a bad taste in my mouth," he smiled.