Radio: Strictly for the Lovebirds

In their devotion to television parakeets are just like people. So says Lu Van Wiseman, whose Pet Time (Sun. 9:45 a.m., Manhattan station WNBT) is aimed largely at the 1,000,000 parakeets (often known as lovebirds) in New York's metropolitan area. Each week the show features eight or ten parakeets hopping about, looking into mirrors and climbing ladders. Says Lu: "It gives the birds at home a psychologically happy reaction."

Lu and her husband, Jerry, are capitalizing on Manhattan's current parakeet boom. They claim that parakeets are outselling canaries at a rate of 9 to 1. The reason? Many urban apartment buildings now...

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