"In the 1920s and ‘30s when “Fighting Bob” Shuler spoke, Los Angeles listened. He was the first of the great radio ministers, and his weekly pronouncements over his station, KGEF, hit with the impact of eight Richter points epicentered under City Hall—at which they were usually aimed. For better or worse, the Reverend Robert Pierce Shuler was a giant in this city, and we’re not about to see the likes of him again."
Bruce Henstell, Los Angeles Magazine, 1977
"At one time, 600,000 southern Californians listened to him, and another million followed his trail of accusations through the daily papers. Politicians feared him, criminals avoided him, policemen hated him, newspapers deplored him, ministers preached against him, and City Hall trembled before him. Nobody spoke well of him except the public. All this was accomplished from a most improbable place – the pulpit of Trinity Methodist Church, then located at the corner of Twelfth and Flower Streets, and in the quiet pastor’s study which adjoins it. The worker of this near-miracle was Robert Pierce Shuler, reformer, lecturer, radio voice, minister of the gospel, and, as he once put it, 'one of God’s watchmen on the walls of the city.' During about 10 years of more than 30 he spent in that pulpit, he made himself master of Los Angeles to an extent unmatched before or since."
Ray Duncan, Los Angeles Magazine, 1964
About Robert Shuler
I wrote this book to keep faith with God, with my family and with the Church catholic in general and with the Methodist Church in particular. With the first of these covenants, God has over the years urged me to tell the story of “Fighting Bob” Shuler because he modeled the converted Southern American as God’s man in the pulpit. He was hardly one dimensional—a preacher, a prophet, a pugilist—with the world as his parish.
Excerpt from the Book
The life of Robert “Fighting Bob” P. Shuler, 1880-1965, began in a
small, primitive mountain settlement named Comer’s Rock, located
atop Iron Mountain in southwest Virginia, amidst other scattered settlements
with like names: Cripplecreek, Sarvis Flats, Sink Hole, Turkey Cove
and Dump’s Creek.