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Radio Disney to broadcast from Manatee Viewing Center

TAMPA, January 10, 2001

Radio Disney, the Walt Disney Company's youth-oriented radio network, will do a live remote broadcast Sat., Jan. 13 from Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center.

The popular manatee attraction in southern Hillsborough County, which opened in mid-November for its 15th season, will host Radio Disney's Tampa Bay area affiliate, AM 1380, for a two-hour program this Saturday called "Morning with the Manatees."

Radio Disney currently airs a mix of popular music, games and entertainment geared to teenagers and pre-teens in 48 U.S. cities.

The live remote show at the Apollo Beach facility will air on Radio Disney's Tampa Bay affiliate and feature special appearances by Mollie the Manatee, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and the Radio Disney FUN Squad.

The Manatee Viewing Center also is receiving worldwide exposure this week as the newly launched National Geographic Channel cable network is airing a five-minute segment on the facility and recent manatee-tagging activities there by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The segment is airing for several nights the week of Jan. 8-12 on the channel's weeknight prime time newsmagazine, "National Geographic Today," which focuses on nature, science and biotechnology.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), a diversified energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa. Tampa Electric has supplied the Tampa Bay area with electricity since 1899. Its West Central service area covers approximately 2,000 square miles, serving more than 550,000 residential and commercial customers with reliable power and value-added services. In addition to Tampa Electric Company, TECO Energy's principal businesses include Peoples Gas System, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Propane Ventures and TECO Solutions.

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