Snow, changing to Rain by Evening 936-1212 Pity poor Audrey Yates. She can look out the window of her Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. office and she can see it won't snow. "Sometimes I don't even believe the weather report, but if it says it's going to snow, I still have to read it." But then at dinner her daughter will say, "I dialed weather and listened to my mother." In Case of Emergency, Dial 911 About 6,000 times a day people in trouble dial a three-digit emergency number. Sometimes they'll talk to, Sharron Adams, Zada Gary, James Nye, Thomas Sexton, Sharman Warrick, or Sarah Walkup. The callers want ambulances, fire engines, lost children, and police to cope with crimes. More than a fourth of the 911 operators are civilians. Dial-A-Story 638-5717 Every Monday a children's service librarian in the District records a 3-minute folktale for kids "3 to 90." Then about 7,000 callers a week listen to the story. Some of the tale-tellers, Barbara Geyger, Kathleen Roedder, Kay White, Elena Tscherny, Charlotte Smutko, Gail Warren, Vy Johnson. The Voice of the Redskins Ray Michael has been calling the play-by-play action for Redskins fans lucky enough to get tickets since 1941 when the team played at Griffith Stadium. "I started out at $20 a game. The pay hasn't improved significantly since then," Michael says. But it's all a matter of love for him anyway -- he does get one of the best seats at RFK Stadium in the deal. He says his most interesting game was played Dec. 7, 1941, when the War Department was searching for admirals and generals at an searching for admirals and generals at an Eagles-Redskins battle. He had to space out the announcements for the brass to avoid a panic because only a few people in the stadium knew the Japanese had just attached Pearl Harbor. Now 66, Michael worked for 32 years as a staff announcer for WRC radio/TV. The Articulate Weasel 656-0770 Jonathan Gilbert, better known out there in radioland as Weasel, ruled the wee hours for eight years on his WHFS through-the-night talk and music show. Now non-nightowls can tune in from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to catch the man who says simply, "I enjoy talking to people." The Van Leer Circuit 652-1556 This is Carlos Van Leer, a 73-year-old retired salesman who believes we all need more Vitamin L (laughter). And although his telephone number is unlisted, it rarely stops ringing. In the last seven and a half years his 60-second editorial comment of the day, conveniently taped for immediate replay, has been heard by those who made 350,000 calls. A devotee of the accordion (he frequently carries one strapped to his back while riding his moped through his Bethesda neighborhood, ready to burst into an appropriate song at a moment's notice), Van Leer incorporates squeezebox music in his telephone messages. More than one devoted caller has suggested that "you have to call the number to get a feel for it." He has been arrested in a Vietnam War protest, thrown out of Town Meetings at the Kennedy Center, sponsored the first Hug-a-Food Day, and tried to lift spirits by playing his accordion and singing to motorists caught in gas lines. (He sings "Get Me to the Pump on Time" to the tune of "Get Me to the Church on Time.") The sentiments of the Van Leer Circuit have been picked up and rebroadcast by radio stations as far off as Australia. Van Leer has also taught sex-education classes, organized revivals of the ancient custom of carol dancing around the Yule log at the annual Pageant for Peace on the Ellipse, been lauded by the Gray Panthers and Planned Parenthood, and provided music to hikers along the C&O Canal path. Anonymity among the masses who call him doesn't seem to bother the telephonic editorialist. "I'll take whatever I can get, even if it's just the phone," he says. "However, if it was dull, people would not call." At the Tone, the Time Will Be 844-2525 This drum carries the voice of model Jane Barbbe of Atlanta and is synchronized with an atomic clock in Colorado Springs, Colo. Photographs by Sid Tabak