WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A former longtime employee and leader of WWAY has died.Mitchell Lee Saieed Sr. died Saturday. He was 85.- Advertisement – Former colleagues say Saieed started working at WWAY in the business office in the late 1960s and worked his way up to vice president and general manager over the next two decades.Mitchell Saieed worked at WWAY from the late 1960s until the late 1980s. (Photo: George Allen)While general manager of WWAY, Mitchell served as a TV Director for the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters in the mid ’80s. He left WWAY in 1988 due to an ownership change. He later joined Bahakel Broadcasting as GM of WKFT-TV in Fayetteville, and remained there until retiring.Saieed is survived by his wife Barbara, son Michael, daughter Allison, two grandchildren, one great grandchild and two brothers.Related Article: Veteran anchor Donna Gregory joins WWAY NEWS teamWilmington Funeral & Cremation is handling arrangements. A friend says Saieed will be laid to rest Dec. 2.